The Village of Palmetto Bay Floodplain Management Plan (FMP) has the highest scoring plan in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) program. The Village’s score of 380 out of 382 points is equivalent to two-thirds of a rank change.

“This is incredible news,” said Mayor Karyn Cunningham. “Highest score on record! Simply amazing. Thanks, team.”

Floodplain management

The Village’s FMP successfully identifies activities that can be implemented for flood hazard reduction to protect the health and safety of the people of Palmetto Bay and reduce property damage caused by floods. The FMP was created through a collaboration of Village residents, staff and consultants who conducted a risk assessment to identify and profile flood hazards that pose a risk to the Village, evaluated the Village’s vulnerability to these hazards and examined the capabilities to mitigate them.

Although the FMP is complete, ongoing efforts will be made to monitor the progress of mitigation actions implemented through other planning mechanisms. When appropriate, priority actions from others will be incorporated into its updates.

“The Village’s production of the FMP serves as an example that when a community invests and prioritizes in resilient infrastructure, its results will positively impact a community,” said Andrea Candelaria, Palmetto Bay’s Resiliency Coordinator. “The Village is grateful to the Floodplain Management Plan Committee (FMPC) members that participated during the construction of the plan as well as our partnered consultants. While this FMP serves as a monumental step forward for the community, the Village of Palmetto Bay will continue to prioritize floodplain management activities through the CRS program in order to support its residents economically and environmentally.”