In order to help protect our citizens from flood hazards, the City of Parker joined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The program offers affordable flood insurance to property owners, provides
resources and information to homeowners about flood proofing their homes, and teaches communities about regulating development in floodplains. Elevating residential structures and flood-proofing commercial buildings are two ways to reduce flood damage.
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. This 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 and wants to 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
e) protecting the natural and beneficial floodplain functions
The goals of the CRS are to facilitate accurate flood insurance ratings, and promote the awareness of flood insurance and flood preparedness.
There are many resources to learn more about flood prevention, preparation, safety, and floodplains, at www.fema.gov/
Floodplains and Flood Insurance
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) produced by the Flood Insurance Administration (FIA) can help 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 map review service free of charge for any property in Parker; call us or come by. Virtually all property located in a SFHA is required to have flood insurance.
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
1. learn the basics of flooding and flood insurance
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
Please contact the City of Parker for information on development in Floodplains.
Also, if you need to report a flood issue, have questions or concerns about flooding on your property, or need any information regarding flood zone areas, please contact the Utilities Department at 850-871-4104. Our staff is ready and willing to assist in any way we can.
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 stormwater-related topics
Public Participation: The City provides opportunities for public participation at the Planning Board Public Hearings that can include stormwater-related discussions (e.g., treatment requirements).
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 information.
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.
POINTLESS PERSONAL POLLUTION.pdf
PROTECT WATER QUALITY.pdf
SAVE THE SWALES.pdf
USED OIL MANAGEMENT FACT SHEET.pdf