Thursday, June 04, 2015

Hendry County Off Flood Insurance Eligibility List?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released today to the Federal Register their Suspension of Community Eligibility document. 

Hendry County officiala say that although listed on this document indicating a suspension of eligibility, the county is in compliance with the adoption of the required floodplain management measures approved by FEMA Region IV on May 5, 2015.

In explaining why it's on the list, the county says Hendry County adopted a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) compliant ordinance coordinated with the Florida Building Code on March 10. The State reviewed the adopted ordinance on March 16 and was found in compliance. On March 19 the ordinance was sent to FEMA Region IV for verification and approval. The ordinance was approved by FEMA Region IV May 5. 

The county believes the lapse in time for FEMA to approve the ordinance is the probable cause for FEMA placing Hendry County in the notice to the Federal Register.

Officials say Hendry County has been and continues to be an active participant in the NFIP. In addition to the recent adoption of the newest federal flood plain maps and new requirements, Hendry County actively participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary program that provides NFIP discounts to our citizens based on our proactive flood mitigation efforts.

Brian Newhouse, Director of Emergency Management stated “our county has a dedicated team of flood plain managers, emergency managers and administrators that work together daily to provide the highest level of services and protections possible to our citizens and continually strive to improve our county's status in the various programs daily.”

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