Manhattan residents receive 20% discount on flood insurance policies

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Starting May 1, Manhattan residents with flood insurance will receive a 20 percent discount on their premiums thanks to the city's activities, policies and procedures implemented to reduce the risk of flooding.

Manhattan has been upgraded from a Category 8 to 6 in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System, or CRS.

CRS is a program that recognizes a community's floodplain management activities that exceed the National Floodplain Insurance Program's minimum standards.

Manhattan has been a participant in the program since 2013, and is now one of the top three cities in the state in flood prevention. It entered as a Category 8 community, which equaled a 10 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums.

"We are constantly looking for ways to reduce the flood risk for residents and business owners through mitigation efforts, policies, and infrastructure," Eric Cattel, American Planning Association's Community Development Director, said. "These activities all improve our standing in the CRS program, which will lead to a greater discount on flood insurance premiums for our citizens."

Activities FEMA evaluated to assign the category designation include advanced flood mapping, floodplain regulations, flood mitigation efforts, storm water management and flood preparedness outreach,