Flood-map meeting Feb. 7 in Kent: See how preliminary federal maps could affect your flood insurance

Kent residents and business owners near the Green River will soon find out how new preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency flood-insurance maps could impact them. FEMA will present the new flood maps at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St.

Giant sandbags line the Green River levee at Three Friends Fishing Hole in late December. The city of Kent is getting the levees evaluated by private firms to ensure flood protection and to meet federal standards for certification.

Giant sandbags line the Green River levee at Three Friends Fishing Hole in late December. The city of Kent is getting the levees evaluated by private firms to ensure flood protection and to meet federal standards for certification.

Kent residents and business owners near the Green River will soon find out how new preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency flood-insurance maps could impact them.

FEMA will present the new flood maps at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St.

People will get a chance to review the maps that are used as the primary regulatory tool under the National Flood Insurance Program and by the insurance industry to regulate floodplain development and rate flood-insurance policies.

FEMA staff members will give a short presentation and then be on hand along with representatives from the city of Kent and King County to answer questions.

The updated maps are preliminary until the completion of an appeal period and formal adoption, according to FEMA.

Residents and business owners can find out at the meeting about the map-appeal process, flood-insurance requirements and building regulations.

The mapped information is widely used by lending institutions and insurance agents in determining who must purchase flood insurance and the cost of that insurance should it be necessary.

In addition, the maps will be used by the county and local communities for floodplain management and permitting purposes.

For more information, call Beth Tan of the city of Kent at 253-856-5552; the King County Department of Natural Resources floodplain division at 206-296-8001; or Ted Perkins, FEMA regional engineer, at 425-487-4684.

To view the FEMA preliminary flood insurance rate maps and flood insurance study, go to www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding.


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