King County Flood Hazard Management Plan Update
King County hosted public meetings on Dec. 4, 5 and 6 in Carnation, Renton and Auburn respectively. Below are the presentations and fact sheets that were used to inform the community about flood risk reduction strategies being proposed for the Flood Plan update.
- Flood Plan Update Presentation, (PDF, 2MB)
- Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed Presentation, (PDF, 4MB)
- Cedar River, Sammamish River and Issaquah Creek Presentation, (PDF, 3MB)
- Green River Presentation, (PDF, 3MB)
- White River Presentation, (PDF, 3MB)
Basin flood strategy fact sheets, including accomplishments and proposed actions
- South Fork Skykomish, (PDF, 1MB)
- Lower Snoqualmie, (PDF, 2MB)
- Tolt River, (PDF, 1MB)
- Raging River, (PDF, 1MB)
- Upper Snoqualmie, (PDF, 2MB)
- North Fork Snoqualmie, (PDF, 2MB)
- South Fork Snoqualmie, (PDF, 2MB)
- Sammamish River and Issaquah Creek, (PDF, 5MB)
- Cedar River, (PDF, 2MB)
- Green River, (PDF, 3MB)
- White River, (PDF, 2MB)
Schedule: Updated Dec. 19, 2012
- September 2011 - Establish citizens committee.
- December 2011 - Begin citizens committee meetings.
- June 2012 - Revise risk assessment.
- August 2012 - Revise action plan.
- September 2012 - Prepare internal and citizens committee draft plan.
- Dec. 2012 - Public meetings to present proposed flood risk reduction strategies for each river basin.
- TBD - Proposed public and environmental review period for the Draft Flood Plan, including public meeting(s) (date and location to be announced).
- TBD - Provide responses to public comments.
- TBD - Transmit proposed Flood Plan to Flood District Board and King County Council.
- TBD - Action by Board and Council to adopt the King County Flood Hazard Management Plan.
About the Flood Plan
- The King County Flood Hazard Management Plan recommends contemporary strategies to reduce flood risks to tens of thousands of people, billions of dollars in economic infrastructure and major transportation corridors.
- King County is required to update its Flood Plan every five years.
- The update will cover emerging issues such as levee certification and vegetation management along rivers and review social justice and how projects are prioritized.
- Update the plan ensures King County continues to receive its high rating for floodplain management by the National Flood Insurance Program – which results in a 40% discount in flood insurance premiums for unincorporated King County residents.
- Link to goals and objectives of the Flood Plan.
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Scope of work for the Flood Plan update
The King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors (external) approved Motion FCD11-03.1 that establishes the following scope of work for the update to the Flood Plan:
- Update flood and channel migration hazard information.
- Update risk and vulnerability assessments, including economic impacts.
- Update the strategy and action plan for each basin.
- Prepare issue papers and decision documents to facilitate potential policy development and updates by the Flood District on the following topics:
- Risk reduction standards, appropriate levels of flood protection for each river system, and integrated basin-wide action plans;
- Levee certification and accreditation;
- Levee vegetation and PL 84-99 participation;
- Coastal, small streams, and urban flooding;
- Social justice and outreach to vulnerable populations in high risk flood zones;
- Property acquisition and relocation approaches for residential and business properties;
- Capital project prioritization, sequencing approach, criteria, and scoring;
- Bioengineering; and
- Gravel removal and sediment management.
For questions about the King County Flood Hazard Management Plan Update, please email WLRfirstname.lastname@example.org.