The CRS Application Team of Killelea and Cavaney

Photo courtesy of Floodlothian Midlothian

Photo courtesy of Floodlothian Midlothian

Recently re-elected Village of Midlothian Trustee Donald “Don” Killelea and long time resident and former member of the Midlothian Economic Development Committee, Kathy Cavaney have taken on the long and arduous task of applying for credit with The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) towards the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS ).

According to FEMA’s website, “The Community Rating System (CRS) recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP standards. Depending upon the level of participation, flood insurance premium rates for policyholders can be reduced up to 45%. Besides the benefit of reduced insurance rates, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment. Technical assistance on designing and implementing some activities is available at no charge. Participating in the CRS provides an incentive to maintaining and improving a community’s floodplain management program over the years. Implementing some CRS activities can help projects qualify for certain other Federal assistance programs.”

This checklist of achievements is rough to construct for Midlothian, largely due to pre-existing designs and constructs, but it is not out of the reach of the Village either.  With the team of Killelea and Cavaney logging significant time into the effort, even the short-term benefits will be enhanced with such in-depth awareness into the “technical” side to good watershed management practices.