The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) releases preliminary maps for flood areas along Mason County coastlines, rivers, and lakes.

Draft flood map revisions in Mason County and what they mean for property owners will be discussed during a March 21st, 2017 open house from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the North Mason High School “Commons” (200 East Campus Drive, Belfair, WA 98528). The open house will showcase the County’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Efforts and provide an opportunity for a multi-hazard risk discussion.

FEMA has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. The revised flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the above listed areas. These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and, when adopted, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance 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 these maps will impact their property and community.

Mason County encourages property owners to examine the preliminary maps, attend the March 21st, 2017 open house, and ask questions about how revisions could affect them. Preliminary maps can be reviewed by clicking the map above or at Mason County Public Works GIS Department 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton, WA 98584.