In order to help protect our citizens from
flood hazards, the City of Parker joined the National Flood Insurance Program
(NFIP). The program provides affordable flood insurance to property owners and teaches
communities about regulating development in floodplains. Elevating residential
structures and flood-proofing commercial buildings are two ways to reduce flood
As part of any construction within a floodplain, a developer must submit an application for floodplain development permit with preliminary construction plans showing the structure(s) in relation to the 100-year flood elevation. The City’s Land Development Regulations (LDR) detail the review criteria for the application. When the project is complete, the developer must submit an elevation certificate that verifies that the elevation of the structure(s) meets the minimum requirements of the City's LDR.
In addition to joining the NFIP, the City of Parker joined the Community Rating System (CRS) program in 1994. The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. By participating in the CRS and exceeding the minimum requirements of the NFIP, it has allowed homeowners who live in a floodplain to receive a 10-percent reduction in their flood insurance premiums. As part of this program, the City does annual outreach projects to floodplain residents and the community (flood protection information). The City also provides the CRS with an annual update of its activities through the City's Floodplain Management (Repetitive Loss) Plan. The City takes its role in flood hazard mitigation seriously. The goals of the CRS are:
(1) Reduce flood losses by:
a) protecting public
health and safety
b) reducing damage to
buildings and contents
c) preventing increases in
flood damage from new construction
d) reducing the risk of
erosion damage, and
the natural and beneficial floodplain functions
(2) Facilitate accurate flood insurance
(3) Promote the awareness of flood insurance
and flood preparedness
There are many resources to learn more about flood
preparation and safety, and floodplains, at
Floodplain and Flood Insurance
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) produced by the Flood Insurance Administration (FIA) are principally used to determine whether a property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) also known as the 100-year or regulated floodplain. The City provides this service free of charge for any property in Parker. However, the City's role is only advisory and does not create liability on the part of the City. You may also go to http://www.fema.gov/ for
information. Virtually all property located in the SFHA is required to have
Flood insurance may be obtained through your
local insurance agent. Flood insurance is not a panacea of all occurrences and
you should check with your agent to see what is and is not covered by this
insurance. You may also check out http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/ to:
1. learn the basics of flooding and flood
2. what your flood risk is
3. what your community is doing
4. estimate what your premium may be
5. find an agent in your community
You may also search for Floodplain Management
and Flood Prevention at
Please contact the City of Parker for
information on development in Floodplains.
Stormwater and the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES)
The City of Parker is required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to operate using a stormwater management plan. Because we have a “Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System”, we use the rules of the NPDES. The NPDES water program regulates point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters of the State of Florida from certain municipal, industrial, and construction activities. We must adhere to specific program requirements and continue to develop and follow new initiatives.
The City maintains and repairs the public storm
sewer, or stormwater drainage system. Operations include inspection of the
storm sewer system, catch basin cleaning, making necessary repairs to the
system, and removing debris and clogs from City streams.
Street Sweeping Program
The frequency of cleaning varies from once a
week on major thoroughfares to quarterly in lower-use residential streets. Keeping the sand and debris out of the road
reduces what runs into the bay during storms.
The city provides debris pickup, which includes
leaves and brush, weekly to all city residents.
Fleet Maintenance Program
This program minimizes the potential for any oil
or gas pollution. All City fleet maintenance operations are conducted
within the main garage at the Public Works facility. This area is completely
enclosed, features spill control measures, and is inspected regularly.
All waste oil generated through fleet
maintenance operations is recycled.
The City uses only above-ground fuel storage
tanks which are equipped with leak detection.
The City provides training for employees in
activities that could impact stormwater quality. The training is focused on
minimizing the potential for stormwater pollution from parks, fleet maintenance,
street maintenance, and storm sewer maintenance.
The following activities develop public support
and improve the effectiveness of the stormwater program:
Stormwater Hotline: The City
has designated a contact person to receive questions and complaints regarding
stormwater quality. If you have a question or comment about a stormwater
quality issue, please call (850) 871-5599.
Council Meetings: Once a
year, the city organizes a meeting to discuss the NPDES annual report and other
Public Participation: The City
provides opportunities for public participation at the Planning Board Public
Hearings that can include stormwater-related discussions (e.g., treatment
Detect & Address Illicit Discharges
The City performs field inspection of outfalls
and identification of any illicit discharges found.
Spill Response Program
The City of Parker Fire Department provides
spill containment services. Please call (850) 871-4313 for
Storm Sewer Mapping
The City has worked with Bay County and
developed a digital map of the entire public storm sewer system using
geographic information system (GIS) software. This map contains information
about all components of the public storm sewer system.
For additional information or questions, please
contact the Public Works Department at (850) 871-5599.