The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has upgraded the city of Las Vegas to a Class 5 Insurance Service Office rating when it comes to flood preparedness. This designation means that city residents will be able to enjoy a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums effective Oct. 1, 2013.
Under FEMA’s Community Rating System, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reward community actions that reduce flood damage to insurable properties, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
The ratings upgrade pushes the city of Las Vegas into the top 5 percent of communities in terms of flood preparedness.
March 18-22 is National Flood Safety Awareness Month. There are more than 573 miles of completed flood channel and underground storm drain systems, as well as 90 completed detention basins in the Las Vegas Valley.
For flood safety tips and information about the flood prevention infrastructure in the city contact the Clark County Regional Flood Control District or visit www.regionalflood.org.