05/01/2017: "Flood Risk Open House For Disscussion On New County Flood Maps"
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released preliminary draft maps for flood areas along the San Juan County coastlines, including the Town of Friday Harbor. What this means for property owners will be discussed during a May 10th, 2017 open house from 2:00 PM (Presentation at 2:15) to 4:00 PM at the San Juan Council legislative hearing room 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
The meeting will be live streamed: http://www.sanjuanco.com/773/Council-Hearing-Room-Live-Stream
FEMA has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. The revised flood insurance rate maps (FIRMS) cover properties along all of the County’s coastlines. They will help community officials and residents identify flood risks and will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.
At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about the flood mapping process and what any map changes mean for them and how the maps will impact their property.
The open house will also showcase the County’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Efforts.
San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor encourage property owners to examine the preliminary maps, attend the May 10th, 2017 open house, and ask questions about how revisions could affect them.
If you cannot attend the open house, the presentation will be recorded and available at:
Prior to the meeting, you may request a custom flood map of your property and/or questions regarding your property and how you may be affected by the new maps, by submitting an on-line map request form at: http://www.sanjuanco.com/1152/Preliminary-FEMA-FIRM-FIS-Study
submit a hard copy of the request form at:
SJC Dept. of Community Development
Linda Kuller, AICP
135 Rhone Street PO BOX 947
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
PLEASE COMPLETE ALL OF THE CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE REQUEST FORM.
Maps will be available for pickup at the open house or will be emailed to you in advance,
depending on the timing of the submittal.
Flooding is the nation’s most common and most expensive natural disaster. According to national statistics, homes inside high-risk flood areas have a 26 percent chance of being damaged by flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared with a 9 percent chance of sustaining fire damage.
More information on emergency management services is available on http://joomla.sanjuandem.net/
To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov.