Flood Risk Map Project

Flood Risk Map Project Quarterly Report for Snohomish County

Update provided to the City of Sultan: January 21, 2019

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My name is Carmen Burducea and I am part of the Snohomish County Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Project Team, working with the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR II), a contractor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a status update for work completed on this project as of January 7, 2019. Detailed status updates like this are sent quarterly and include the overall project status, changes to the scope or schedule of the project, and a detailed overview of the individual technical tasks associated with the project.

Project History

The State of Washington identified Snohomish County as a priority for FEMA’s Risk MAP program. The State determines its priorities based on population at risk to hazards, recent events, and community interest. FEMA, State, and Local stakeholders participated in a Risk MAP Discovery Meeting held April 7, 2011 where community concerns were identified. These concerns were captured in the Risk MAP Discovery Report and delivered to the communities in the watershed. After the Discovery Meeting, community concerns were researched and analyzed, in order to develop a scope of work that includes multi- hazard risk assessment products and updates to the communities’ regulatory flood maps based on community-identified resilience needs.

Project Milestones & Deliverables

Meeting / DeliverablePoint of ContactActual / Projected Date
Preliminary DFIRM / FIS Release (Countywide)Carmen BurduceaSeptember 29, 2006
Revised Preliminary DFIRM / FIS Release (Countywide)Carmen BurduceaSeptember 28, 2010
Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO) MeetingTed PerkinsOctober 19, 2010
Public MeetingTed PerkinsNovember 3 and 10, 2010
Appeal Period Start/End (countywide)Carmen BurduceaFebruary 12 / May 12,
Risk MAP Discovery MeetingJosha CrowleyApril 7, 2011
Flood Risk Review Meeting (FRR) / Draft MapsCarmen BurduceaJuly 1, 2014
Levee Seclusion MeetingCarmen BurduceaNovember 9, 2015
Revised Preliminary DFIRM / FIS Release (Countywide including New Coastal and Levee Seclusion)Carmen BurduceaJuly 22, 2016
CCO MeetingTed PerkinsSeptember 14, 2016
Public Meeting/WorkshopSarah ShannonNovember 28 and December 12, 2016
Revised Preliminary DFIRM - 2 FIRMs (1st round)Carmen BurduceaJanuary 31, 2017
Revised Preliminary DFIRM - 7 FIRMs (2nd round)Carmen BurduceaJuly 31, 2017
Appeal Period Start (Countywide)Carmen BurduceaFebruary 15, 2018
Appeal Period Ends (Countywide)Carmen BurduceaMay 15, 2018
Revised Preliminary DFIRM (Appeal / comment resolutions)Carmen BurduceaMay 2019
(Subject to revision as the   project progresses)
Letter of Final Determination (Countywide)Carmen BurduceaSeptember 2019
(Subject to revision as the   project progresses)
Delivery of Risk Assessment DatabaseCharlie KlineTo Be Determined
(Subject to revision as the   project progresses)
Delivery of Risk ReportCharlie KlineTo Be Determined
(Subject to revision as the   project progresses)
Maps and FIS become Effective (Countywide)Ted PerkinsMarch 2020

Recent Activity

STARR II is in the final stages of evaluating and responding to the comments received during the 90-day appeal period. Acknowledgement letters were sent to the communities on June 29, 2018. Comment resolution letters were sent to the Cities of Granite Falls, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Woodway, Everett, Marysville, and Sultan on December 7, 2018 and to Snohomish County on December 21, 2018.

Next Steps

Due to several comments that resulted in changes in the Special Flood Hazard Area and/or Base Flood Elevations, FEMA will revise the FIS report and several DFIRMs. The revised products will be sent to the affected communities in May 2019 for review. Following the resolution of any comments/appeals, FEMA will send you a Letter of Final Determinations (LFD). The LFD is tentatively scheduled for September 2019. The effective date will follow six months after the LFD.

To access GIS data for this project, please visit the Fortress GIS Public website. Additional information on this project including the project area and Risk MAP contacts can be found on the Snohomish County Coastal Update website.

Note: If you have trouble downloading or are prompted for credentials when clicking the file name on the website, cancel the prompt and instead right-click the file name and choose “Save As” or “Save Target As.”

General Information

State Risk MAP Coordinator
If you have questions about this Risk MAP project, please contact the State Risk MAP Coordinator, Jerry Franklin, by phone at 360-407-7470 or email Jerry.

STARR II Region X Help Desk
The STARR II Region X Help Desk is another resource available to answer project-related questions. STARR II staff will route and research your question, and respond within three business days. Submit your questions via email to STARR II Region X.

If you want to keep up with what’s happening around Region X, get project status updates, or learn about upcoming events and training opportunities, subscribe to the Region X monthly newsletter. For more information or to subscribe, email the Region X Newsletter.

Current and past issues of the newsletter, project status updates, announcements, upcoming events, and training opportunities are also available online at the STARR II Newsletter page.


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Carmen Burducea, CFM, GISP Senior Project Manager
STARR II - Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction
6110 Frost Place
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-575-3153
Email Carmen Burducea
Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction Website