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Mabton dealing with flood plain designation

MABTON - The city of Mabton is now home to a flood plain, thanks to maps FEMA updated recently.

The Mabton City Council learned the news last night, Tuesday, during its regular council meeting.

As a result, the city must adopt flood plain management measures by Nov. 18 or risk being suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA recently reconfigured flood plain maps throughout Yakima County. Mabton's newly discovered flood plain is a sliver of land within the city limits at Boundary and South streets.

City Attorney Phil Lamb submitted for council review a FEMA-approved flood damage prevention ordinance.

As written, the ordinance would require all new construction and/or substantial improvements to be anchored.

All manufactured homes in the flood plain would also be required to be anchored to minimize flood damage.

In addition, new residential construction would require that the lowest floor, including the basement, be elevated one foot or more above the base flood elevation.

As for new non-residential construction, the ordinance would require the property owner to hire a professional engineer or architect to certify the building meets flood plain requirements.

Lamb will bring the ordinance back to council on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for further review.

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