Learn to reduce flood risk as rain-soaked winter nears

November 30, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 30, 2012

Residents in flood-prone areas can learn how to reduce flood risks, and protect people, businesses and infrastructure, at a series of meetings hosted by King County.

Officials scheduled public meetings throughout the county next week to discuss risks and prevention. The meetings come as late fall rain inundates Western Washington.

King County staffers plan to present proposed flood risk reduction strategies outlined in the Flood Hazard Management Plan update.

The flood plan update includes new flood risk assessments and projects, and a review of goals, objectives and guiding principles.

Adopting the updated flood plan ensures King County continues to receive high ratings for floodplain management by the National Flood Insurance Program. The federal program results in a 40 percent discount in flood insurance premiums for unincorporated King County residents.

The draft flood plan update is expected be completed in January. Then, officials intend to establish a public comment period and public meeting schedule.

The series of meetings in Carnation, Renton and Auburn allows residents is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Dec. 4 – SnoValley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation
  • Dec. 5 – Highlands Neighborhood Center, 800 Edmonds Ave. N.E., Renton
  • Dec. 6 – William C. Warren Building, 405 E. St. N.E., Auburn
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