Forum to focus on updated flood maps

A public forum to be held Wednesday, July 27 at Sumner City Hall is aimed at showing what county, state and federal governments are doing to protect lives and property in flood plain areas. The focus will be to review the recent updates made to Pierce County flood maps highlighting
those areas particularly at risk. The meeting sponsored by the Puyallup River Watershed Council will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

“This forum will have special significance for those who live or own property or businesses in areas that are prone to flooding,” said Linda T. Burgess, council chair. Local government officials also have been invited to attend.

Speakers include Kevin Farrell, flood plain specialist with the state Department of Ecology; Dennis Dixon, civil engineer with Pierce County Water Programs; and Jeff Johnson, principal with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants.

The Puyallup River Watershed Council promotes and implements programs to restore, maintain, and enhance the watershed in order to protect its environmental, economic, and cultural health. It is a voluntary group with diverse membership representing citizens, cities, counties, tribes, state and federal agencies, universities, and private industry. More information can be viewed on the council’s website: