Safety & Security

Goal 5: Reduce Flood Hazards
Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     SS Goal5     3/31/2014
About this measure:
Storm drainage systems are determined to be deficient if they are under capacity, don’t exist where they need to be, structurally failing or do not meet design standards. The total length of storm drain pipe that are highly deficient is estimated to be 70,000 linear feet, based on past studies. Completed storm drainage projects help increase the number of linear feet of storm drainage systems brought up to standard.
Why this is important:
Periodically Lincoln experiences significant rain events that damage properties, make streets impassable and can result in flooding of local businesses and homes. Bringing the storm drainage system up to standard reduces property losses due to flooding and increases the general health, safety and welfare of Lincoln residents.
What is being done:
Storm drain general obligation bonds are requested every two to three years from City voter to improve, enhance, extend or repair storm drainage systems. Some bond funds are used to study drainage systems to help prioritize future projects. The studies along with input from City staff and calls from the public determine which projects are needed. Projected storm drainage projects can be found by going to the latest version of the Capital Improvement Program and going to the Watershed Management section.



Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     SS Goal5     3/24/2014
About this measure:
The measure is based on the federal Community Rating System, a voluntary program that rewards communities for going beyond minimum mandatory floodplain regulations. The ratings range from 1 to 10 with the lowest number being the best rating. A community reduction of one point provides an additional 5% savings on flood insurance premiums for those property owners who have insured structures in the floodplain. The City of Lincoln has a current Community Rating System of six, which provides a 20% reduction in flood insurance premiums for property owners in the floodplain.
Why this is important:
Annual flood insurance premiums are a significant cost to property owners in Lincoln. Currently there are about 2,000 mandatory flood insurance policies in Lincoln with a structure and contents coverage of about $350 million dollars. With the City’s current rating of six in the Community Rating System, property owners in the floodplain obtain a 20% reduction in annual flood insurance premiums and property owners outside the floodplain obtain a 10% discount on their premiums.
What is being done:
Lincoln’s efforts to complete projects that relieve pressure on our floodplains has improved our Community Rating over the past two decades. In 1991, the City started the program with a rating of nine (5% reduction). In 2004 the rating fell to seven (15% reduction). In October 2009 the rating dropped to six, its present rate. Nationwide there are about 1,200 communities in the Community Rating System program with about 20% having a rating as good or better than Lincoln’s rating.