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Auburn retains Class 5 community rating through the National Flood Insurance Program

NFIP logoThe City of Auburn received notice that the City it had successfully completed the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS) annual recertification process, and that the City’s Class 5 CRS rating remains in good standing for the upcoming year. Auburn, which has maintained its Class 5 rating since 2008, is one of only 77 communities nationwide with a CRS rating of Class 5 or higher.

Maintaining a Class 5 rating means that Auburn’s flood insurance policyholders will continue to receive a 25% reduction in flood insurance premiums for insured properties located in designated special flood hazard areas, and a 10% discount for insured properties located elsewhere in the city.

The notice was provided by Insurance Services Office, Inc., the federal contractor who administers the national CRS program for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The CRS is a voluntary program that provides recognition and financial incentives to communities who exceed the minimum federal requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program for floodplain management. 

The Community Rating System (CRS) was initiated in 1990 to recognize and reward communities that implement floodplain management activities above and beyond the minimum criteria of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The goals of CRS are to:

  • Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
  • Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and
  • Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

About the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS)
Although CRS communities represent only about 5% of the more than 21,000 communities participating in the NFIP, over 67% of the 3.8 million flood insurance policies written annually in the United States are issued in these communities. The CRS program assigns participating communities with a  point-based classification rating from Class 1 to Class 9 (the lower the number, the higher the rating, e.g. there is only one Class 1 community in the country).

To learn if your property is located in a designated special flood hazard area or to get more information about the City’s floodplain management program, contact City of Auburn Floodplain Administrator Chris Andersen at 253-931-3090 or via email at candersen@auburnwa.gov.