Property owners and community residents are invited to discuss the potential impacts of and provide feedback on the proposed community flood map revisions in Cle Elum and other areas of the county.

The open house will be held at the Putnam Centennial Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m on Sept. 19., according to a news release from Kittitas County.

The open house will showcase Kittitas County’s current hazard mitigation planning efforts and provide an opportunity for community members to learn how to build stronger and safer in the face of natural disasters.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a preliminary map showing revisions to the 1 percent-annual-chance floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks. Following adoption, these maps will be used to determine flood insurance rates, and inform hazard mitigation plans, and land use and development decisions.

The open house will be an opportunity to learn about the flood mapping process and what the changes mean for them. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how the map revision will impact their property and community.

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