The City of Manhattan is one of the newest communities participating in the National Flood Insurance (NFIP) Community Rating System or CRS. CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes a community’s floodplain management activities and encourages those communities to exceed the minimum state and national requirements. At the June 4 City Commission meeting, Steve Samuelson, Floodplain Specialist, with the Kansas Department of Water Resources, presented Mayor John Matta with a plaque acknowledging the City’s certification as a CRS community.
Because of the City’s Community Development Department’s hard work to document the City’s floodplain management efforts, residents of Manhattan will now be eligible to receive up to a 10 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums. The City is anticipating further reduction in the upcoming years following new processes, public information campaigns and other programs.
This premium discount will be especially important as new floodplain insurance rate maps will become available in the upcoming year. The new floodplain maps will include homes and businesses that previously have not been in the mapped floodplain. For those properties currently in the mapped floodplain, the discounts will help to offset flood insurance rate increases that will go into effect this year following the passing of the Biggert- Waters Act of 2012.
If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Chad Bunger, AICP, Planner, Community Development Department, City of Manhattan, at 587-2424.