The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs or “floodplain maps”) are used to identify flood prone areas for insurance rate and land development regulation purposes. FEMA is currently updating DFIRM maps nationwide and is preparing to issue the preliminary maps for Cowlitz County and its cities on or about March 26th, 2014.

What you can do

FEMA mapping can effect what you pay for home insurance. Learn more about this process by attending the Public Meeting on March 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Administrative Building’s General Meeting Room. (207 4th Ave. N., Kelso). Find all the online resources you may need by visiting the Washington Department of Ecology and FEMA websites below. If you own property near a water body in the City of Longview, then view your parcel on the map provided to determine if the proposed floodplain does or does not affect your property. If you disagree with the proposed DFIRM, then submit a completed comment form to the City as soon as possible – all comments and appeals must be processed and delivered to FEMA during the 90-day appeal window, no exceptions. The City will bundle all known appeals within its jurisdiction.

Learn more about the county-wide floodplain map update, to use an online mapping tool to determine if your property is affected, and for more information on flood insurance, visit:

City of Longview contact for coordinating comments to FEMA: Steve Haubner, 442-5210 or

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