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Prince George's County Declares June As “Flood Awareness Month"
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This story comes to us from Carol Terry:

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George’s County Council have declared June to be Flood Awareness Month.

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere.  In fact, 90 percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding.  June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

As part of its flood management program, the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) has performed floodplain studies covering the majority of the urbanized watersheds within the county. DER has identified approximately 3,700 flood prone structures countywide, most within the Anacostia River Watershed.

Prince George’s County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a related program known as the Community Rating System (CRS).  The county’s flood management activities are documented under CRS.  Residents receive up to a 25 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums because of the Class 5 rating awarded to the county under the CRS.

As of December 31, 2010, there were 2,809 flood insurance policies in effect in Prince George’s County, which covers a total insurance policy amount of $608,751,900.  The total premium amount is $1,520,951.  Savings to these policyholders is approximately $506,983 annually.  The savings are expected to grow each year as compliance with the National Flood Insurance Reform Act increases and the CRS rating improves.

On September 30, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and a preliminary Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) for Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The preliminary study and map indicate no changes in flood risks for some areas, but may show increased or decreased risks for flooding in other areas.  The preliminary map shows Special Flood Hazard Areas, which areas subject to inundation by the flood having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year, behind several levees.  The County is working with FEMA and US Army Corp of Engineers to enhance the levees and to provide documentation to demonstrate that the levees provide protection from riverine flooding.   In areas where the flood hazard risks increase, property owners might be subject to the purchase of flood insurance after the study and map have been finalized.  To view copies of the preliminary FIS and FIRM, please visit the County website at http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/AgencyIndex/DER/ppg/pgmaps4.asp or contact the Department of Environmental Resources at (301) 883-3311.


For more information on flood prone structures, flood management and safety tips, and how to purchase flood insurance, please call DER’s Environmental Services Group at (301) 883-3311.  For information on the NFIP, you may contact representatives of this program at (800) 427-4661, TDD 1-800-427-5593.

 
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