Thursday, July 2, 2015

Do You Live in a Flood Prone Area? Then Good News!

The City of Richmond is now participating in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

What is CRS?
CRS is a voluntary program sponsored by the National Flood Insurance Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It promotes and encourages community floodplain management activities that go above and beyond what is required.
How will this impact me?
For each specific activity the City of Richmond does to educate and reach out to citizens about the floodplain, flood prone areas, how to protect property or flood insurance, we earn points and receive a class level. For each class level we achieve, flood insurance policy holders receive a 5 percent discount. There are 10 class levels, 10 being the lowest with no discount. When the program begins this October, the City of Richmond’s flood insurance policy holders will receive a Class 8 10 percent discount on their policies. Who doesn’t love a discount!

Where can I find out more information?The best information can be found at www.FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-community-rating-system. Contact the Water Resources Division for the City of Richmond at 804-646-7586 to find out more about your property. An interactive FEMA floodplain map can be found on the city’s website at www.richmondgov.com/GIS. Check www.richmondgov.com/PublicUtilities/StormwaterUtility/index.aspx frequently for more information as it becomes available.

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