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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 applied for a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) in 2010 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 LOMR was approved with an effective date November 2011 for new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS).
The current Flood Insurance Rate Maps establish Base Flood Elevations (Zone VE) and flood depths (Zone AO) for properties adjacent to the waters of Puget Sound. These can be viewed on the City’s map collection webpage.
In February 2013, the City received a letter from FEMA presenting the City with Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map’s (FIRM) based on a new flood insurance study report prepared for King County. City staff performed a detailed review of the changes that would take place on each property if the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map’s (FIRM) are enacted and found many properties along the Puget Sound coast line of Burien will be placed back in a flood zone.
To view the current maps, proposed maps, and comparison, please click on the links that follow. Note: Map Panel files are very large and may take some time to download.
CURRENT FLOOD MAPS
PROPOSED PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS
COMPARISON LEGEND AND SUMMARY OF IMPACT
COMPARISON OF CURRENT FLOOD MAPS WITH PROPOSED PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS
(Click on the number in the square where the property is located. These are very large files so it may take a little time to download.)
TABLE SHOWING THE IMPACTS BY PANEL NUMBER AND ADDRESS