City Of Burien Proposing Changes To Flood Insurance Rate Maps


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Photo of storm damage to the home of Dane Johnson and Kathy Justin, damaged and red-tagged by the City of Burien on Nov. 23, 2010.

The City of Burien on Monday (July 11) announced that they will be proposing changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in an attempt to “better define areas of risk from damage by storm waves and tides and to improve data for making land use decisions.”

The proposal will decrease by 3.5 feet the mark for land which has been determined to be subject to a 1% (100-year) or greater chance of flooding in any given year.

It will also include “widening and narrowing of the 1% annual chance floodplain with the maximum widening of 40 feet at a point approximately 330 ft west of Maplewild Ave SW near SW 156th Street, and the maximum narrowing of 160 feet approximately 70 feet southwest of 30th Avenue SW near Seola Beach Drive SW.”

Here’s the notice in its entirety from the city’s website:

Notice to Property Owners on the Puget Sound shoreline within the City of Burien of Proposed Change in Flood Insurance Rate Maps
City of Burien
400 SW 152nd St., Suite 300
Burien, Washington 98166-1917

Date: July 7, 2011

Applicant: City of Burien

Proposal
The Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for a community depicts land which has been determined to be subject to a 1% (100-year) or greater chance of flooding in any given year. The FIRM is used to determine flood insurance rates and to help the community with floodplain management.

The City of Burien is applying for a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to revise FIRM 53033C, Panels 0935F, 0953F, and 0955F for King County, Washington, and incorporated areas along the Puget Sound shoreline within the Burien city limits. The City of Burien is proposing the flood hazard elevations and hazard zone designations to better define areas of risk from damage by storm waves and tides and to improve data for making land use decisions.

The Letter of Map Revision will result in:

  1. Establishment of Base Flood Elevations (Zone AE) and flood depths (Zone AO). Currently the flooding landward of Zone VE along the Burien shoreline is based on an approximate study. Properties are not regulated according to A Zone regulations landward from the extent of the AE or AO Zone.
  2. Widening and narrowing of the 1% annual chance floodplain with the maximum widening of 40 feet at a point approximately 330 ft west of Maplewild Avenue Southwest near Southwest 156th Street, and the maximum narrowing of 160 feet approximately 70 feet southwest of 30th Avenue Southwest near Seola Beach Drive Southwest.
  3. Decreasing by 3.5 feet the 1% annual chance water-surface elevation relative to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum shown on the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map for most properties, and decreasing by 5.5 ft the 1% annual chance water-surface elevation relative to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum at a location approximately 1200 feet west of Maplewild Avenue Southwest at Southwest 154th Street. No increase in 1% annual chance water-surface elevation results from this revision.

This notice is to inform you of the establishment of base flood elevations and revision of the 1% annual chance floodplain on properties at the Burien shoreline.

Availability of Technical Information:
The technical report supporting the proposed changes can be viewed at http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?nid=920. Maps can be viewed at Burien City Hall, 400 Southwest 152nd Street, Suite 300, Burien, WA 98166, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. week days.

For More InformationPlease Contact:
If you need more information about the proposed revisions or their effect on your property please contact the City of Burien Department of Community Development at (206) 248-5510 or via e-mail to [email protected].

Here are some Document Links from the city’s website (PDF files, and some are rather large):

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One Response to “City Of Burien Proposing Changes To Flood Insurance Rate Maps”
  1. nix on the annex says:

    So that`s why we were annexed?, To help for this sh&t?
    I hope not.

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