National Flood Insurance Program

Before 1968, the federal government's flood initiatives consisted of disaster relief to victims in the event of a flood, or flood control projects such as dams, levees and seawalls.

While well-intentioned, this approach did little to ease the financial burden of most flood victims. Worse, the public couldn’t buy flood coverage from most insurance companies, which regarded floods as too costly to insure.

Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to address both the need for flood insurance and the need to lessen the devastating consequences of flooding. The goals of the program are twofold: to protect communities from potential flood damage through floodplain management, and to provide people with flood insurance.

For decades, the NFIP has been offering flood insurance to homeowners, renters and business owners, with the one condition that their communities adopt and enforce measures to help reduce the consequences of flooding.

Flood insurance is the best protection that home and business owners have against the devastating financial losses that floods cause. For more information, contact your insurance agent or company

The City of Moscow participates within the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). By participating in the NFIP program residents of the City of Moscow are able to obtain flood insurance for their property to protect against flood losses.

In addition to participating in the NFIP program, the City of Moscow also participates within FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) program. Under the CRS program all flood insurance holders within the City of Moscow receive a 10% discount upon their flood insurance premiums in return for the City's participation in additional floodplain management and public education activities.

All development, excavation and fill placement within the designated 100 year floodplain requires a floodplain development permit. Additionally, all new structures and substantial improvement of existing structures within the designated 100 year floodplain are required to be elevated 2 feet above the base flood elevation and must include an elevation certificate.

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Paul Mann Building
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Moscow, Idaho
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