April 22: Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E
April 29: Orting Multi-Purpose Center and Library, 202 Washington Ave. S
Homeowners and businesses can view updated flood insurance rate maps at these three open houses. These maps are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for development on properties within flood hazard areas of the county. Insurance companies use the maps to determine flood insurance rates.
At the open houses, you will be able to view the updated maps and ask questions about how the maps impact your properties and federal flood insurance rates. Federal, state and local officials will answer questions and print property-specific maps upon request, while a flood insurance specialist will answer questions about federal flood insurance.
Map appeals process
FEMA will provide information about the map appeals process at the meeting. FEMA estimates the 90-day appeal window starting at the end of May. Appeals about the maps, especially if someone can show the base flood elevation of their property is wrong, are considered if the appeals are supported scientifically. However, FEMA is not required to agree with all appeals.
Errors such as misspellings or city boundaries are considered comments and FEMA will review those requests for corrections. Pierce County and cities such as Sumner will also submit comments from staff on issues they observe with the maps.