2018 flooding in Old Town due to a rain and hail storm.
Did you know that your regular homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover floods? Or that 30% of flood insurance claims come from outside the mapped floodplain?
Only flood insurance covers floods. Don’t be left unprotected. Purchase flood insurance.
Fort Collins residents and businesses receive some of the lowest flood insurance premiums in the country due to the City’s rating in FEMA’s Community Rating System. You may qualify for a 40% discount on flood insurance premiums.
Here are a few useful tips regarding flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
- There is usually a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect.
- Flood insurance is required by lenders for properties in Federal Emergency Management-designated floodplains (Poudre River, Spring Creek, Dry Creek, Boxelder Creek, and Cooper Slough)
- Flood insurance is available to everyone in Fort Collins!
- Renters can purchase flood insurance.
There are also private flood insurance options.
Elevation Certificates are available for some properties. These certificates are used in a FEMA-designated floodplain to help rate a property when purchasing flood insurance.
FEMA’s Community Rating System#
Fort Collins residents and businesses receive up to a 40% discount on flood insurance premiums due the proactive efforts of the City of Fort Collins to reduce flood risk. Fort Collins participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS). Fort Collins has been awarded a CRS Class 2 rating – one of only nine communities nationwide to receive this rating or higher.
Ask your flood insurance agent about the CRS Discount!
The CRS encourages floodplain management efforts that exceed the minimum requirements of the NFIP and recognizes:
- public outreach
- floodplain mapping
- higher regulatory standards
- open space preservation
- drainage system maintenance
- watershed master planning
- hazard mitigation planning
- flood warning and response
Although Fort Collins has achieved this high CRS ranking, it does not mean that there are not still areas at risk for flooding. There is additional work to be done to minimize flood risk and make Fort Collins more resilient to flooding
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