TAMARAC, Fla. (Feb.13, 2023) – More than 5,000 Tamarac property owners required to carry flood insurance will continue to receive a 20% discount, thanks to the Class 6 rating the City has held by the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) since 2011.
Every year the City publishes an annual progress report, describing its flood plain management that is available at www.Tamarac.org/flood. It outlines how the City maintains its water systems and roadways, including:
- Approximately 560 acres of open waterways
- 82 miles of drainage pipes and 4,669 catch basins
- Approximately 137 miles of paved roadways
- Three stormwater pump stations
Phase VII of the Citywide Culvert and Headwall Improvement Project is one of the projects highlighted in this year’s report. This project consists of the repair and/or the replacement of culverts and headwalls due to normal deterioration resulting from time and weather. This is an ongoing citywide program with a biannual budget of $900,000. The C-14 Canal Erosion Control Project are improvements necessary due to the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) concern over erosion occurring along the C-14 canal opposite the City’s West and Central Storm Water Master Pump Stations.
Statistics show that all homes have a 26% chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage – whether they’re in a flood zone or not. That’s why the City encourages residents and businesses to learn about flood hazards and protections and to carry flood insurance, even if they aren’t required to do so. FEMA notified the city of a newly revised FIRM panel, and the City notified property owners. Of this area’s 131 properties 99 were in a flood zone and were removed into an X zone. The remaining 32 property flood zones remained the same.
Tamarac distributes an annual flood protection brochure in its bimonthly Tam-A-Gram magazine, mailed to approximately 36,000 homes and businesses and provides a wealth of flood information online. To learn more visit www.tamarac.org/flood.
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