Floodplain Management 2019 Progress Report

by Yvonne Lopez | Apr 25, 2019

City of Coconut Creek

Utilities and Engineering Department

 Community Rating System (CRS)
Activity 510 Floodplain Management
2019 Progress Report for

Floodplain Management/Hazard Mitigation Plan/Flood Safety Information

  1. Plan Name: City of Coconut Creek (City) multi‐jurisdictional Enhanced Local Hazard Mitigation Strategy (ELMS), administered by Broward County.

The City is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), which means that residents and business owners receive a discount on their flood insurance premiums in recognition of efforts made by the City to reduce the impact of flood incidents. The estimated total cost saving on the flood insurance premium is approximately $50,000.

On January 25, 2018, the City adopted the Broward County December 2017 ELMS. The Broward County 2017 ELMS is in compliance with local hazard mitigation requirements of Section 322 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) as implemented in 44 C.F.R., Part 201.

Under this planning effort, Activity 510 of the CRS Annual Recertification instructs participating communities to prepare a written progress report each year.

The Plan reviews a variety of measures that can reduce the problems and/or protect city residents and their property against flooding. Measures reviewed include but are not limited to retention and detention basins; culverts/storm sewers improvements maintenance and retrofitting; maintaining Base Flood Elevation (BFE); providing flood information to all inquirers, providing flood insurance requirements, building regulations; public information; public outreach; safety precautions; and erosion and sediment control. 

A.  Review of Action Plan: This section includes a review of each recommendation in the action plan, including a statement of how much was accomplished during the previous year.

The City is committed in planning and implementing projects to improve the Community as a whole and one of these perpetual targets is to reduce and eliminate the risk to people and properties in the event of flood inducing events. For this purpose, the City has looked at important indicators to begin its improvements.           

  1. Develop and implement hazard mitigation education programs to minimize risk to property and individuals through the City’s Citizen Academy (classes).
  2. Assist local real estate agents, insurance companies, banks and other lending institutions by notifying them and providing to them of flood plain information.
  3. Provide flood safety information as part of the direct mailing to all residents, home owners, homeowners’ associations and businesses.
  4. Ensure proper budgeting of on-going Capital Improvement Projects (CIP’s FY 18-19 City Budget on the website) to improve water quality, water conveyance and functionality of the drainage system, which include but are not limited to waterways dredging and continued maintenance.
  5. Plan to invest in equipment to remove large debris/litter that will help avoid culverts to be clogged and impede the flow of water within City maintained waterways. The removal of the pollutants will also improve the water quality in the waterways.
  6. Collaborate and contribute monetarily with Broward County and other participating cities to update the Broward County 100-year Flood Elevation Map to incorporate future climatic conditions, including sea level rise.
  7. Participate with all bordering Cities of the C-14 Cypress Creek Canal by sharing the cost of the development of a Bacteria Pollution Control Plan. This plan will address and eliminate pollution levels for fecal coliform and nutrients within the canal to meet state water quality standards.
  8. Ensure proper planning of on-going preventive maintenance programs consisting of swale maintenance/rehabilitation and stormwater system cleaning and repairs. Maintenance program are performed mainly in-house. Ensure constant monitoring of the drainage systems and drainage basins by the City and the Cocomar Water Management District.
  9. GIS mapping of all utilities including drainage and Flood Zones to help City officials, residents and businesses identify the SFHA.
  10. Maintain database and copies of elevation certificates (EC’s) of all properties within and outside of the SFHA. Provides copies of EC’s to all inquirers.
  11. Maintain database and copies of all Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) and Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) and provide certification letters to properties owners as requested to certify the flood zone designation of their property per the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
  12. Require permits for all developments - residential, commercial and industrial issued by the City and Broward County Environmental Protection Department and Growth Management (BCEPDGM) and ensure proper drainage and retention design per regulations to and minimize or eliminate flooding.
  13. Continue to monitor structures for substantial damage in accordance with Code of Ordinances Chapter 10 “Flood Prevention and Protection”.
  14. Regularly attend Broward County ELMS workshops, update meetings and conference calls. Staff attends continuing education and training to keep abreast with current codes, policies, regulations and changes in science and technology.


B.  Implementation: This section includes a discussion on why any objectives were

not reached or why implementation is behind schedule.
    All set objectives have been achieved and are on-going.

C.  Conclusion and Recommendation

This 2019 Floodplain Management Plan Annual Report continues to support all the tasks described in the CRS program. The City effectively and efficiently continues to meet and exceeds the CRS requirements. All reported CRS Activities were performed successfully maintained due to City’s staff familiarity, professional experience and knowledge. The continued support by the City’s Commission and management, by funding the projects plays a critical role in the success of the program. The City does not have any repetitive loss properties, this validates that there are no major flooding concerns in the City.

All the objectives shown in Part “A” are recurring and will continue to be pursued for the following years. The City was engaged in maintaining and upgrade of city swale program.  The City continues to pursue various funding sources (i.e. grants) for future projects.