Two major areas in St. Petersburg have been classified as Repetitive Loss Analysis Areas, the city said on its website.
The two areas are Riviera Bay and Shore Acres, and communities in both areas have filed repetitive flood insurance claims, the city said. Although the entire city is flood-prone, Riviera Bay and Shore Acres have been hit harder than others.
The city is currently working on grants aiming toward helping balance costs for homeowners whose structures have suffered repetitive losses due to flood events.
The city also is working to rebuild structures lost in these neighborhoods and looking to reduce the high number of escalated losses. In addition, they look to lessen flooding in the areas through innovative measures; focusing on elevation, drainage and reconstruction, the city said.
The St. Petersburg City Council is additionally working through the Community Rating System (CRC) program to guarantee that houses affected by floods will be rebuilt to the current design elevation.
The city said at least 37 structures on FEMA’s repetitive loss list have been relocated and elevated, ultimately improving the conditions of the structures lost to flooding. These particular structures, when restored, are no longer subject to repetitive loss flood damage.
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