Richland County flood program cuts premiums

October 5, 2013 

FILE PHOTO: Flash flooding at Smith Branch at Earlewood Park in July 2013

COURTESY OF TIM CRENSHAW

Richland County residents living in low-lying areas will get discounts on their flood insurance premiums because of local government initiatives.

The county participates in a voluntary national program that encourages communities to alleviate damage and loss from floods. As a result, an estimated 1,370 property owners will save 5 percent to 10 percent on their premiums, a news release from Richland County stated.

In addition to lowering flood insurance rates, the county’s efforts enhance public safety, reduce damage to property and avoid economic loss, it said.

-- Dawn Hinshaw

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