Top 5 Flood Safe Cities in Florida

Friday, October 3, 2014

Living on the coast definitely has its upside. Spontaneous visits to the beach, picnics, and leisure time on the beach is something you’d be able to do all the time. You can’t avoid the dangers that come with living on the beach. Florida is a state which is prone to natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, windstorms and tornados, with floods being the primary cause of destruction in this state.

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Florida, we can tell you about some of the top cities which are the best at flood control and have minimized flood risk. A ranking was determined for the top 5 flood safe cities in Florida based on flood insurance rates, costs and reconstruction value.

The top 5 cities fit to be called flood-safe in Florida are:

1.     Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale faces similar threats like its neighbor, Miami; however, it has taken a lot of different steps to reduce the threats. They have drain valves for diverting flooding and have secured a high rating on Federal Emergency Management.

2.     Miami, FL

Miami has avidly avoided hurricanes and flooding, and since 1964, Miami has not been directly hit from a hurricane. It has an impeccable flood management system and you’re also able to enjoy the great night life, beaches, and culture.

3.     St. Petersburg, FL

Known as the sunshine City, it has no flood events recorded since 2004. They have complied with the NFIP guideline to prevent floods and also allows residents 20% discount on flood insurance.

4.     Cape Coral, FL

It has the highest community rating score and has received a Storm Ready Status which means it is able to prepare well for an upcoming storm, minimizing danger.

5.     Jacksonville, FL

The city has safely avoided recent floods, has proper flood management controls in place, and is also a part of the NIFP.

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