Grand Prairie reduces flood damage with help of Community Rating System

Post Date:09/14/2016 3:42 PM

The City of Grand Prairie’s ongoing floodplain management efforts through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (NFIP/CRS) are reducing flood losses and providing insurance savings for residents.

What is the CRS? The Community Rating System is a voluntary program of the National Flood Insurance Program. Through the CRS, communities that are undertaking floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum requirements of the NFIP earn reductions in the flood insurance premiums of their residents resulting in more affordable flood insurance.

Grand Prairie is currently one of the best-rated CRS communities in Texas, earning a 25 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums for Grand Prairie residents.

"We've always had flooding," City of Grand Prairie Floodplain Administrator Stephanie Griffin explains in the August 2016 NFIP/CRS Newsletter, "but improvements over the last 20 to 30 years have helped tremendously in reducing flood losses in our city. And the Community Rating System was one of the major factors that encouraged this to happen."

Grand Prairie uses a combination of floodplain management tools that result in CRS credit points. Over time the city has made numerous improvements in the management of its system for conveying both floodwaters and stormwater and to its local regulations. Many of the city’s rules for the floodprone areas exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program, qualifying for CRS credit. The City of Grand Prairie has stepped up efforts for public outreach, sending annual letters to homeowners and renters in the floodplain reminding them about flood insurance, distributing brochures on flood safety and flood insurance, along with other outreach activities.

The National Flood Insurance Program's new "Success with CRS" website features a collection of ways communities across the United States have found to minimize flood damage, maximize community resilience and achieve other local goals through the CRS. Read Grand Prairie's CRS Success Story.

Learn more from the City of Grand Prairie's Floodplain web pages about floodplain development requirements, flood safety tips, flood insurance rate maps, property protection and more.

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