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City Releases Reports on Flood-Prone Repetitive Loss Analysis Areas

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 12, 2017) – Although the entire city of St. Petersburg is flood-prone, certain areas have been hit harder than others. Using repetitive flood insurance claims, two major areas in the city have been identified – the Shore Acres and Riviera Bay neighborhoods – and classified as Repetitive Loss Analysis Areas (RLAA). Reports on both areas are available to the public at www.stpete.org/emergency/flooding/research_and_resources.php.

The city continues working with homeowners in these affected neighborhoods to modify structures and reduce the number of repetitive losses, as well as to alleviate flooding in those areas with improvements to elevation, drainage, or through reconstruction. Currently, the city is working on grants which will help offset costs for homeowners whose structures have suffered repetitive losses due to flood events. Additionally, the St. Petersburg City Council is working through the Community Rating System (CRS) Program to ensure that any house which has incurred substantial damage must rebuild to the current design elevation.

Of the 82,840 buildings in the city of St. Petersburg, 369 have received payments for at least two claims of $1,000 over a 10 year period, or FEMA’s definition of a repetitive loss property. Thirty-seven structures on FEMA’s repetitive loss list have been relocated, elevated, or otherwise improved, and are no longer subject to repetitive loss flood damage. More information on the Shore Acres and Riviera Bay Repetitive Loss Analysis Areas is available at www.stpete.org/emergency/flooding/research_and_resources.php.

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