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P.O. Box 609
118 West Maple Street
Centralia, WA 98531-0609
Phone: (360) 330-7662
Fax: (360) 330-7673
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
  Flood Protection Information

Elevation Certificates
View 100% of the City's elevation certificates online, instructions on how to fill out elevation certificates, and obtaining the most recent forms.



FLOOD INSURANCE



FLOOD MAPS - Centralia Floodplain/Floodway Map

FLOOD DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION - Handouts & Documents
Handouts on flood insurance, flood damage prevention, home elevation, flood mitigation, protecting manufactured homes, protecting utilities, and protecting floodplain resources.


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT



ARE YOU FLOOD READY - Plan ahead for Disasters (ready.gov)
Are you flood ready?  Prepare now for the upcoming flood season by creating a hazard plan for your home and business FEMA has created a great website to help you prepare.
  • Property Protection Measures - handouts providing ways to permanently retrofit a building, flood-proofing measures, and protecting against other hazards, etc...
  • What to do BEFORE a flood event - Plan ahead for Disasters (www.ready.gov)
    • Get flood insurance Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy.  It usually takes 30 days for a policy to go into effect.
    • Sign up for the Lewis County warning system.
    • Learn and practice evacuation routes.
    • Have at least a 36-hour emergency kit for all persons in your household and workplace
    • Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
    • Elevate your home or flood-proof your homeElevate your HVAC or utility systems.
    • Protect your property move valuables to higher ground.
  • What to do DURING a flood event - 
    • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
    • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
    • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
    • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn-Around. Don’t Drown!
    • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
    • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
    • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.
  • What to do AFTER a flood event - document damage and start to clean up , Handouts on cleanup
  • Flood Safety/Flood Response Preparations - National Weather Service (NOAA) safety information, evacuation tips, etc..
  • Flood Safe - information about future flood damage prevention


HAZARDS FOR THE CITY OF CENTRALIA

BUILDING IN THE FLOODPLAIN


NATURAL AND BENEFICIAL FUNCTIONS OF FLOODPLAINS 
Protecting and preserving our natural floodplains in Centralia such as Plummer, Hayes, and Borst lakes, or the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers or the small creeks such as Coffee, Salzer, and Scammon and their associated floodplains, shorelines, and wetlands, play an important role in our community.  They play important roles in our community by:

  • Allowing floodwaters to spread over a large area reduce flood peak velocities, thus reducing property damage.
  • The vegetation stabilizes soils during flooding.
  • The floodplains act as recharge areas for groundwater, and filtering impurities from runoff.
  • The floodplains also provide a healthy habitat for wildlife and attractive open space in our neighborhoods.


DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
Never dump waste, trash or place unauthorized fill in a drainage way or floodplain area.



 

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