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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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On March 24th, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified Kittitas County that they had made a final flood hazard determination regarding new regulatory flood maps for Kittitas County. With this notification, Kittitas County now has certainty that proposed changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) will take effect on September 24th, 2021.
The changes adopted by FEMA reflect the first County-wide updates to Kittitas County FIRMS since FEMA first issued Kittitas County flood hazard maps in 1981. FIRMS identify the 100- and 500- year floodplains, in addition to high hazard areas known as floodways. These maps are an important source of information for understanding potential flood risk and are used by Kittitas County for land use permitting. Most projects within the 100-year floodplain must first obtain a flood development permit from Kittitas County.
“We are working to get the word out to our county residents about map changes” said Arden Thomas, Kittitas County’s Floodplain Manager. “Public Works staff is here to answer questions. For some areas within the County, the new mapping indicates less flood risk than shown in the 1981 maps. For other areas, the new maps expand the footprint of the 100-year floodplain. We encourage everyone to look at the online map comparison tool and to contact our office with questions.”
You can visit the map comparison tool and search for your address to see how the map update will affect property. Please note that the 1981 floodway designation and the 2018 update to the Currier Creek floodplain map are not shown on this map: https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StorytellingSwipe/index.html?appid=a16b21b93bff4a90b491a15019606833.
For some parcels the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA, aka, the 100-year floodplain) will expand and mandatory flood insurance may become required. This is not a county requirement and is usually required by the mortgage lender for a federally backed mortgage. Parcels that are not currently in the SFHA but will be in hazard area with the new FIRM can apply for flood insurance prior to September 24th, 2021 and receive lower insurance rates. Additional information about flood insurance is available at: https://www.floodsmart.gov/
By participating in FEMA’s voluntary Community Rating System (CRS), Kittitas County has already acted to lower flood insurance rates for all County residents. The Community Rating System rewards communities with programs that reduce flood risk. Due to Kittitas County’s CRS activities providing flood hazard information, outreach to the public about flood risk, preservation of open space for flood storage, and maintaining an up to date hazard mitigation plan, residents in unincorporated Kittitas County receive a 20 percent discount on flood insurance premiums for property located within SFHAs and a ten percent discount to other areas.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Ms. Arden Thomas, Water Resources Program Coordinator, 509-962-7690, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.