Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2018

City of Boca Raton Takes Action to Help Reduce Flood Insurance Rates for Property Owners

Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disasters and the City of Boca Raton is taking acting to help reduce flood insurance rates for property owners. The City has enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures by providing affordable insurance.

“The City is participating NFIP and CRS programs to help save lives, prevent property damage and to reduce the cost of flood insurance,” commented Keith Carney, Senior Officer-Floodplain Manager for the City. “We encourage all residents and business owners in our community to participate and have a better understanding of how to protect themselves and their properties from flood damage.”

As part of the CRS program, a Public Information Committee was created to provide information about flood hazard awareness and to motivate actions to reduce flood damage, encourage flood insurance coverage and protect the natural functions of floodplains. The committee is composed of key staff members and key community stakeholders representing   insurance, banking, property management and real estate professions.

The Public Information Committee will be accepting a proclamation from the Mayor proclaiming October as Flood Protection and Prevention Month at the upcoming October 9 City Council Workshop. As part of the ongoing effort to provide information and resources about flood prevention and protection, all Utility Services customers will be receiving a brochure in their paper bills, and the brochure will also be available at City Hall, Spanish River and Downtown libraries and the Building Administration office. For more information or to better understand the risk and options for reducing risk of flooding, visit the City of Boca Raton’s Flood Management webpage.

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