BURGAW – Effective Oct. 1, Pender County joined the Community Rating System (CRS) as a Class 7 community, resulting in a 15 percent discount on annual flood insurance premiums for flood insurance policy holders whose home is located within the Special Flood Hazard Area in unincorporated Pender County. Pender County is one of only 27 communities in the state to reach the status of Class 7.
The CRS is a voluntary, incentive-based program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.
“This is a great honor, especially to join as a Class 7 community,” said Planning and Community Development Director, Travis Henley. “The application process was long and intense, but we are pleased with the results.”
Pender County earned credit for conducting public outreach regarding flood hazards and mitigating flood risk, preserving open space in the Special Flood Hazard Area, enforcing regulatory building standards exceeding the minimum federal requirements, and for floodplain management planning, among other activities.
“This will collectively save more than $100,000 in flood insurance premiums across the county, which is a big deal as many residents are still recovering from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence,” said Pender County Floodplain Administrator, Daniel Adams. “We will to continue to explore opportunities to provide information on flood risk and promote building practices that minimize vulnerability to future flood events.”
Policy holders can expect to see the 15 percent discount applied at their next policy renewal date.
More information on the Community Rating System can be found on the Pender County Planning and Community Development website, pendercountync.gov/pcd/.
“The efforts of Pender County’s Planning and Emergency Management Departments will result in significant reductions in flood insurance premiums,” said Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager. “We’re pleased we can deliver this level of savings to county property owners.”