In October 2003, the Village of Wellington qualified for the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. CRS is a component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Reductions to Insurance Premiums
The program provides reductions to flood insurance premiums for residents and businesses within participating communities. The reductions are based on community floodplain management programs, including public information activities. To keep those discounts, communities must continue to implement their programs and provide status reports to the NFIP each year.
Since entrance into the CRS Program, the Village has prioritized the dissemination of flood-related information to its residents and businesses. Over the years, the Village has expanded this outreach to include, among other items, a community brochure mailed to all properties in the community and numerous outreach items using electronic media. The community also provides flood information through an annual hurricane and flood expo in conjunction with other communities in Palm Beach County.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
The Village of Wellington has emphasized not only the life and property protection components of floodplain management but also the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and the maintenance of open space. Furthermore, it continues active compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) program. The MS4 program is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater runoff.
The Village is pleased that its efforts to disseminate flood hazard information can not only prove beneficial to the Wellington community through mitigation of the hazardous effects of flooding, but they can also be beneficial in maximizing credit in the CRS program by conforming to the PPI standard outlined in the 2013 CRS Coordinator’s Manual.