The City of Bellaire participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary federal program that rewards communities for implementing higher flood mitigation standards by providing discounts on flood insurance policies to residents.
Recently, the City of Bellaire was downgraded from a CRS classification of a 7 to a 10, thus resulting in the loss of the 15% discount on flood insurance afforded to affected residents inside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and 5% outside the SFHA. This is an unfortunate situation the Bellaire leadership team takes very seriously, and we fully understand the gravity of the problem. We have been working diligently to regain our status with the CRS program and have established a clear plan moving forward. Because of these actions, FEMA has allowed the City to re-enter the CRS program April 1, 2022 to regain a more favorable rating.
We want to share background information about this downgrade of the City's CRS rating and provide context and steps taken to address the issue. Please follow this link for more information, a timeline of events, and a video of the CRS Community Discussion on September 8, 2021.
Flood Insurance and the Community Rating System
Mayor Friedberg's Blog: City on Fast Track to Restoring CRS Classification