Clallam’s flood insurance maps being updated by FEMA

The City of Sequim and Clallam County offer Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates with two informational workshops.

• Clallam County Board of County Commissioners host a workshop with FEMA from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 10, with more information at clallam.net/bocc/public_meetings.html.

• Clallam County Planning Commission hosts a workshop from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 with more at: websrv7.clallam.net/forms/uploads/PlanningCommissionPacket.pdf.

According to City of Sequim staff, FEMA is updating Clallam County’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and the cities of Sequim, Port Angeles, and Forks. When updated with current risks, flood insurance coverage and cost of policies can change, city staff report.

FEMA offers a 90-day public comment/appeal period on the update with residents able to appeal if they feel the map is technically and/or scientifically incorrect.

Comments can also be made to note information, such as missing information and/or misspelled road names, city staff said.

Property owners will be notified of the final maps’ effective date once comments and appeals are resolved.

For more information, visit clallam.net/DCD and find the “FEMA Process to Update the Flood Insurance Rate Maps in Clallam County” quick links page. City of Sequim residents can also contact buildingdept@sequimwa.gov or 360-683-4908.

To request a map of your property, email to PropertyIDMap@starr-team.com.

To learn more about flood insurance implications, visit floodsmart.gov, contact FEMA Flood Insurance Liaison Scott Van Hoff at scott.vanhoff@fema.dhs.gov, or call (425) 487-4677. For more information about the engineering process and how to submit a comment or an appeal to the maps, contact engineering.clallam@starr-team.com.

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