Not Just Geico: Town May Help Homeowners Save 10% On Flood Insurance

It may not be as compelling as Fire and Fury. But the Westport Progress Report on Floodplain Management could do something the Trumpland bestseller can’t: Save you 10% on your flood insurance.

According to Planning & Zoning director Mary Young, the annual report can lead to efforts by the town to secure that reduction for residents.

Flood insurance is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to communities that participate in the Community Rating System (CRS). Their classifications (ranked from 1 to 10) determine that amount of flood insurance rate reductions offered.

A ranking of 1 offers the highest reductions. Efforts thus far by the Planning & Zoning Commission have elevated Westport’s ranking from 10 to 8.

More efforts — including revised zoning regulations that might result in lowered premiums — are planned.

Hurricane Irene flooded downtown Westport, — and many other spots — in August 2011. Flood insurance relief may now be at hand for homeowners.

Young adds:

Westport residents are fortunate to live in a community that participates in the CRS program, thus enabling them to receive flood insurance from FEMA and reductions in their flood insurance rates. Many communities prone to flooding do not have the resources to participate in CRS.

Only 14 of the state’s 169 municipalities participate in CRS. Westport joined in 1995. Surrounding communities in Fairfield County that participate in CRS ranked near Westport. They range from 7  (Stamford) to 10 (Norwalk).

“Rigid requirements would need to be imposed to raise Westport’s ranking from 8 to 1,” Young says. “Such requirements may be perceived as overly restricting private property rights. Therefore, more modest steps to improve Westport’s ranking will be under discussion by the P&Z.”

(Click here for the Floodplain Management report. Click here for more information on the CRS ranking system, and Westport’s comparison with other communities. )

3 responses to “Not Just Geico: Town May Help Homeowners Save 10% On Flood Insurance

  1. Here’s a suggestion to maybe raise our flood rating: Broom the pending plans to fill in the stream at the edge of the Baldwin Parking Lot, cut down all the trees which act as screening, etc. for nearby residents and add even more impervious surface. In a flood zone.

  2. Is there a shortage of civil engineers?

  3. Ellen Greenberg

    As a waterfront home owner who weathered both of the big storms without damage other than dead grass, I suspect the cost of improvement I will need to make to my home will far out weigh any reduction in flood insurance premiums. Yes, some stores left town rather than renew leases after the storms, but this should be an issue for retail landlords, not the entire town. I believe our residential building code is already two feet above FEMA requirements.