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Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"
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Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"

This information was brought to us by The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere. 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 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.

For more information on 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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