Thurston County Commissioners have approved the county’s five-year flood hazard mitigation plan.
The plan recommends 20 projects to reduce or mitigate flood damage. They are recommendations that must be individually approved by the commissioners before they are initiated, according to the staff report.
The plan adoption allows the county to maintain its class 2 rating from the National Flood Insurance Program’s community rating system. With this rating, the 705 policyholders living on a floodplain in Thurston County receive a 40 percent discount on their policies, which equals about $140,000 in annual savings, according to county staff.
“All residents of Thurston County living in the vicinity of flood zones will benefit from a plan that recommends mitigation actions against future damage to life and property,” the report said.