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Thurston County Connection
December, 2012
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Maps, Insurance and Information

New Flood Maps: 100 Properties Added, 342 Removed

Thurston County has adopted the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) revised Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Due to more accurate topographic data, about 100 properties were added and 342 properties were removed from the 100-year floodplain. New map data is accessible at the Thurston Geodata web site. Select “Parcel Search,” and scroll down the legend on the left hand side of the page to click the circle and square next to “Flood Zones.” Flood zone information can also be viewed in hardcopy at the Permit Assistance Center at the County Courthouse. Photos of water height benchmarks at 36 county locations are featured at the Thurston County Water Resources page on flood information.

If your property was removed from the floodplain, you may no longer be required by your lender to carry flood insurance; however it’s critical to keep flood insurance if your property has a history of flooding. Properties added to the floodplain may be required by their mortgage company to acquire flood insurance.

Contact your insurance agent for rate information. If you need additional help, contact Kristin Minch, FEMA Region X, at (206) 438-2607. For more information call Tim Rubert, Thurston County Floodplain Manager, at 754-3355, ext. 6647.

Flood Insurance: the Only Dependable Financial Protection Against Floods

Even a few inches of floodwater inside your home can cost thousands of dollars to repair or restore. Standard homeowner’s insurance almost never covers flood damage. National Flood Insurance Program policies, available through most insurance companies, pay claims whether or not a disaster is declared. Federal disaster assistance, when available, is often in the form of a loan, repayable in full with interest, and federal aid is available only for federally declared disasters. Not all floods—even those causing thousands of dollars of damage—are declared disasters by the federal government.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies, available through most insurance companies, pay claims whether or not a disaster is declared. Through mitigation and preparedness actions, the county has earned a 25% discount for flood insurance rates available to residents of unincorporated Thurston County. This translates into an average annual savings of $170 per property. Flood insurance is also available to renters and can cover nonresidential buildings such as farm and commercial buildings. The NFIP will also cover structures that have been previously flooded.

If you’re considering purchasing flood insurance, do it today as there is a 30-day waiting period after the first payment is made before the policy is effective. Information on the National Flood Insurance Program is available at 1-800-638-6620 or at

Flood Bulletin Online

This year’s edition of the Thurston County Flood Bulletin can be found online at the Thurston County Emergency Management web site. The 16-page booklet is full of information on flood insurance, evacuation do’s and don’ts, flood prevention for the home, important emergency contact information, and other preparedness tips.

A wealth of preparedness information for all hazards is available at the county’s Emergency Management website listed above.

By Keith Eisner

Highway 12 at Anderson Road, 2007. Highway 12 at Anderson Road, 2007.