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A. Lands to which this chapter applies:

This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazards and flood hazards within the jurisdiction of the City of Snohomish.

B. Basis for Establishing the Areas of Flood Hazard. The areas of flood hazard and special flood hazard identified by the Federal Insurance Administration in a scientific and engineering report entitled “The Flood Insurance Study for Snohomish County” dated September 16, 2005, and any revisions thereto, with an accompanying Flood Insurance Rated Map (FIRM), and any revisions thereto, are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this ordinance. The flood Insurance Study and the FIRM are on file at City Hall, 116 Union Street, Snohomish, WA 98290.

C. Penalties for Noncompliance. No structure or land shall hereafter be constructed, located, extended, converted, or altered without full compliance with the terms of this Chapter and other applicable regulations.

D. Interpretation

In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:

1. Considered as minimum requirements;

2. Liberally construed in favor of the governing body; and

3. Deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under State statutes.

E. Warning and Disclaimer of Liability. The degree of flood protection required by this chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. However, larger floods can and will occur on rare occasions, and flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This chapter does not imply that land outside the areas of special flood hazards or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damages. This chapter shall not create liability on the part of the City of Snohomish, any officer or employee thereof, or the Federal Insurance Administration, for any flood damages that result from reliance on this chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made hereunder.

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