To reduce damage from flooding and erosion, we have launched the Community Flood Assistance and Resilience (CFAR) program. The program will help fund small scale projects in the Chehalis basin focused on preventing future flood or erosion-related damage to individual homes, businesses, and community assets, and addressing or resolving existing risks on an individualized basis.
Starting June 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, CFAR will focus on providing technical support and assistance to interested property owners, and helping communities identify opportunities and set priorities to access program funding.
Among its initial activities, CFAR will also help fund efforts to identify flood- and erosion-hazard areas in the basin to guide and inform property owners and local governments. By identifying areas most at-risk of flooding or erosion, communities and property owners will have up-to-date information to avoid putting new buildings in hazardous areas and to make decisions about which existing structures should be addressed first.
The CFAR program will provide funding to retrofit structures to protect people and businesses from flooding and erosion. In some cases, funding will be used to acquire properties at risk of flooding or erosion, as well as to help people and businesses move dwellings and structures out of harm’s way.
The Office of Chehalis Basin and Chehalis Basin Board will develop more detailed CFAR program criteria to manage funding assistance after June 30, 2021.
Initial technical support and assistance
Initial technical support and assistance through June 30, 2021 will be focused on flood risks, and support identifying flood damage reduction projects. During this same time, we will work to identify erosion hazard areas in the basin.
Technical support to local and tribal governments
Beginning June 1, CFAR will provide no cost technical support to local and tribal governments that are participants in good standing under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Technical support could include, but is not limited to, flood preparedness and response education, staff trainings and workshops, and supporting communities in identifying opportunities and priorities for future CFAR funding. Technical support will be available through June 30, 2021. After that, we will assess initial lessons learned and have better information about available funding, which we will use to determine the future scope and priorities of the long-term program.
Technical assistance to residents and businesses
In addition, people residing in and businesses located in the Chehalis River Basin are also eligible for technical assistance at no charge through June 30, 2021. Our technical advisors can help:
- Answer questions and give advice about the National Flood Insurance Program, including insurance rates.
- Identify options for protecting homes, businesses, and community assets from flood damage.
- Explain how river gauge readings during flood conditions are related to flood levels on specific properties.
- Pinpoint the most economic ways to help protect dwellings and structures during floods, based on site conditions and types of flooding.
Our advisors can also help landowners, business owners, and renters develop projects that may be eligible to apply for future CFAR funding. CFAR will provide financial assistance for approved projects, given funds available and priorities. The first step is to contact Chrissy Bailey with OCB, to review what you’d like to do. Our advisors will call you to review your situation and discuss options, explain the financial assistance program, help with any necessary documentation and if needed, schedule a site visit to the property.
Requests for technical assistance received before July 17, 2020 will be prioritized for funding in 2021. Requests for assistance will be taken after this date, but assistance may not be available until requests received prior to July 17 have been fulfilled.