For people living in areas that are prone to floods, purchasing flood insurance can be a huge burden. The Community Rating System (CRS) provides a discount in flood insurance premiums to participating communities based on credit points given for a wide range of floodplain management activities. The total amount of points determines a class rating and the amount of the discount.
The City of Arvada has been recognized as a Class 5 Community in the CRS, resulting in a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums for our citizens. Currently, there are 542 flood insurance policies in Arvada. Participation in the CRS program saves these policy holders $91,374 each year.
The City of Fort Collins, Colorado is the only Colorado city that ranks higher than 5. Nationwide, less than 4% of participating CRS communities rank higher than Arvada.
Arvada realizes additional benefits by participating in the Community Rating System, including: • CRS floodplain management activities provide enhanced public safety, a reduction in damage to property and public infrastructure, avoidance of economic disruption and losses, and protection of the environment. • Arvada can evaluate the effectiveness of its flood program against a nationally recognized benchmark. • Arvada benefits by having an added incentive to maintain its floodplain management program over the years. Weakening of regulatory requirements could result in a lower class rating and lower discount.
You can be sure that the City of Arvada will do all it can to maintain or improve our CRS status!