FEMA flood study results to be revealed at meeting

The North Bend and Snoqualmie city councils will hold a joint meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and King County regarding a Flood Insurance Study Revision that has recently been completed by FEMA for the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and unincorporated King County. The meeting will be held at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for the communities to become familiar with the results of the revised flood study.

The basic changes in this study revision incorporate new data along the Snoqualmie River main stem and the South and Middle Forks of the Snoqualmie River, including overflows from the Middle Fork, Ribary Creek, and Gardiner Creek. New Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and flood elevations profiles have been developed showing areas that would be inundated by the base flood (100-year flood) and floodways in and near North Bend and Snoqualmie. These maps will be used by lending institutions and insurance agents in determining who must purchase flood insurance and in determining the cost of the insurance. In addition, North Bend, Snoqualmie and King County will use the maps for floodplain management, development review and permitting purposes.

The people most directly affected by the issuance of this study are those owning property and/or living in the identified flood hazard areas. They and other interested persons are invited to attend the meeting.

Representatives from FEMA, King County and the cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie will be on hand to explain the study and answer questions about the map revision process, floodplain regulations and flood insurance. Following the Jan. 21 meeting, FEMA will initiate a 90-day public comment/technical appeal period for this preliminary flood study.

Copies of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Study document are available as reference materials at the North Bend Library, located at 115 E. Fourth St. in North Bend.

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