The City of Beaumont has taken a number of steps to protect residents from flooding and flood damage over the past 12 months, including, but not limited to the following:
- Our Community Development Department has identified properties that are prone to flooding, known as repetitive loss areas. The city engineering office, in conjunction with Jefferson County Drainage District #6, has conducted studies and implemented mitigation measures in those areas.
- The city is in the process of making several appeals to the Federal Insurance Rate Map of our area. In an attempt to improve floodplain management for the city, we continue to update the digital map we have access to. This is not an official map, and therefore cannot be released to the public, but it is a great tool for plan review and office use.
- In our yearly update of the repetitive loss list, we proved 232 properties were mitigated due to successful drainage projects implemented over the years. This data has since been submitted to FEMA in hopes of returning these properties to preferred risk status for insurance purposes.
- The City of Beaumont was awarded $965,626 in Severe Repetitive Loss funds to purchase and demolish the apartment complex at 2505 Sweetgum, providing relief from flooding. This project is expected to be completed by 2017.
- Our Building Codes Division has adopted the 2009 International Building Code, which is creating stronger, more storm resistant structures.
The City of Beaumont’s Planning and Zoning Division participates in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, a voluntary program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.