COUNTY CERTIFICATION MEANS LOWER FLOOD-INSURANCE RATES IN SOME AREAS

COUNTY CERTIFICATION MEANS LOWER FLOOD-INSURANCE RATES IN SOME AREAS

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program has upgraded the unincorporated areas of Doña Ana County under its Community Rating System (CRS).

The new ranking means all residents carrying FEMA-backed flood insurance in the unincorporated areas of the county will be eligible for a 5 percent discount on their premiums.

The new ranking was announced recently by the New Mexico Flood Managers’ Association at its Autumn conference in Elephant Butte. The announcement of the new ranking was accompanied by the presentation of a plaque commemorating the achievement.

Different grades assigned under the CRS reflect a governmental entity’s voluntary flood-protection activities above what is required by law. Doña Ana County’s Planning Department, Building Permits Office, and the Office of Emergency Management worked closely with the county Flood Commission Office during the last two years to develop a variety of programs that culminated in the new ranking.

Doña Ana County is now working to obtain a Class 8 certification, which will reduce rates by another 5 percent. Each improvement in class ranking denotes increased public health and safety through a lower likelihood of flood damage to buildings and contents. The rankings also recognize efforts to protect new construction from flood and erosion dangers through the protection of natural and beneficial floodplain functions.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.