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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Andrew Kinney, Emergency Management Coordinator at KinneyA@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2827

Got Flood Insurance? See New Deschutes Flood Map at June 9 Open House
Revised maps used to set national flood insurance rates for Deschutes-area property owners

Deschutes River watershed residents are invited to an open house meeting on Tuesday, June 9 to find out if the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps affect you and your property.

"People who live within the Deschutes floodplain received a postcard invitation to this open house, but I'd encourage anyone who lives near the Deschutes or any creeks or streams that feed the Deschutes to come learn more about their flood risk on June 9," said Andrew Kinney, Thurston County Emergency Management Coordinator.

The June 9 open house will focus on preliminary revised maps for the Deschutes River watershed area that show some changes to designated Special Flood Hazard Areas in the watershed, and also show changes to the insurance premium risk zones, which are used to help determine the costs of the monthly insurance premiums that watershed property owners will pay for national flood insurance coverage.

Watershed residents, property owners, and insurance agents are invited to attend the June 9 open house and register their comments or concerns about the updated insurance premium "risk zones," the data that's used to help determine those risk zone designations, and how those revised zones may affect their property.

The June 9 open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be at the Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center at 9521 Tilley Road S, located just south of the Olympia Regional Airport runway. Those who register to attend the open house meeting in advance can have their property information printed out and available to discuss with experts during the open house. To register, email Karen Axtmann at AxtmanK@co.thurston.wa.us, or call the Thurston County Emergency Management Division at (360) 867-2800.

WHAT: Deschutes Flood Map Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center at 9521 Tilley Road S in Olympia, 98512



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3