What is the National Flood Insurance Program’s CRS?

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that encourages communities (counties) to go above and beyond the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements for floodplain development and activities. Participation in the CRS is rewarded with flood insurance discounts for it’s policy holders.  There are 10 CRS classes with class 10 being non... Continue Reading →

All the bills that directly deal with the climate change and sea level rise introduced in the new Legislative Session 2019

Hawaii lawmakers will confront major policy questions this session as they grapple with looming problems from a warming planet, sea level rise and climate change in general. Rising seas and crumbling shorelines are staring lawmakers in the face as they consider more than a dozen bills dealing with climate change this session. Where should the... Continue Reading →

BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, Honolulu 2019

Please join us at this years BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show starts January 25 and ends January 27. Our DLNR Flood and Dam Section will be set up at booth #725, educating homeowners on their flood zone and flood risk.  Stop by and say hi.

FLOOD AFTER FIRE

Wildfires change the landscape, destroying root structure and creating top soil that could repel water instead of absorbing it. Debris flows and mudflows can occur up to five years after a wildfire. Debris flows can take homes off their foundations and can carry things like vegetation, trees, large boulders and vehicles. Mudflows on the other... Continue Reading →

Do you live in a “Flood Zone”?

The answer is “YES”. Every property in Hawaii has a flood zone designation. It may not be in a high-risk flood zone (A or V zones) that would require mandatory flood insurance purchase as a condition of a federally regulated loan, but it doesn’t mean that flooding is not possible. In fact, 20% flood insurance... Continue Reading →

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