Apr. 8—Frederick residents and businesses will soon have a chance to weigh in on an updated ordinance to help them get discounted rates for flood insurance in flood-prone parts of the city.
An update to the city's floodplain ordinance would bring it into compliance with current
The city's mayor and aldermen got an update on the proposed ordinance at a workshop Wednesday.
Updating the ordinance to current standards will upgrade the safety standards for structures within a 100-year floodplain, and could mean better rates on flood insurance,
The city has been part of the National Flood Insurance Program since the 1970s, requiring that new development and construction must comply with certain floodplain regulations.
In 2012, the city became part of the NFIP's community rating system as a Class 7 category, which gives residents a 15 percent discount on flood insurance premiums within a 100-year floodplain, and a 5 percent discount in other areas, according to a report prepared by city staff.
Updating the floodplain ordinance will improve the CRS rating and provide even more discounts on insurance premiums.
Flooding has been an ongoing problem in various parts of the city for decades, leading to the development of
In 2015 and 2018, flooding caused significant damage to parts of the city, along with less widespread damage from smaller storms.
In December, the
The areas that were studied included
In January, it was announced that the city would receive a
The money will go to repairs to the city's stormwater Pump Station No. 3, a key part of
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