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FEMA to discuss Green River flood maps at Sept. 11 Kent meeting

FEMA is working on new flood maps for the Green River Valley. - Kent Reporter, file photo
FEMA is working on new flood maps for the Green River Valley.
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Kent and Auburn residents, business owners and property owners in the Green River Valley can find out about insurance rates and building regulations at a special meeting from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., in Kent.

The members of the King County Flood Control District Executive Committee will be joined by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss FEMA’s flood maps for the Green River Valley.

“This is a great opportunity for the residents, businesses and property owners in the Green River Valley to hear directly from FEMA regarding their plans for future flood maps in the Green River Valley,” said Flood Control District Chair Reagan Dunn, whose district includes a portion of the Green River Valley, in a county media release. “I encourage all who have questions or concerns to attend this important meeting.”

FEMA is responsible for developing the official flood maps defining special-risk areas that may affect insurance rates or building regulations.

“I regularly receive calls and emails from my constituents who want to know what FEMA plans to do with their flood maps,” said Flood District Executive Committee Vice Chair Julia Patterson, who represents communities in the heart of the Green River Valley. “This is an opportunity for the people and the businesses in the Green River Valley to get answers about this important issue directly from FEMA.”

This is the public’s opportunity to meet with FEMA officials and the members of the Flood District Executive Committee to discuss the flood maps and what they mean to residents.

“The new proposed FEMA maps will provide the best available information about potential flooding, which will help to inform residents and businesses on where to likely expect flooding in the future,” said Flood Control District Executive Committee member Kathy Lambert. “We look forward to hearing more about FEMA’s proposal when it is finalized, as it will help our communities protect public safety and make the best infrastructure investments and land use decisions.”

For more information on FEMA Floodmaps, visit: www.fema.gov.

 

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