MILFORD >> The city has issued a press release on participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.

It is part of the city’s activities to inform citizens of the availability of flood information and to ensure that citizens are aware of flood hazards, flood safety and other pertinent information relating to floods.

Milford has a level 9 CRS rating, which results in a 5 percent premium discount for all NFIP policies issued for Milford residents.

Following the Irene and Sandy storms of the last few years, Milford residents should understand the flood risks and flood hazards due to the presence of both coastal and riverine floodplains.

Flooding is not only caused by hurricanes and nor’easters, but can also be caused by seasonal heavy rainfall inland that sends water down the rivers that go through the city.

Residents should be concerned about flood hazards and take flood watches or warnings seriously.

There are things that can be done to lower the flood hazard and risk to family, including:

• Know the city’s flood warning procedures.

• Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the Police or Fire departments’ warning system.

• Sign up for the Everbridge warning system that can send a text message or voice message to your phone or home.

• Know escape routes to high ground.

• During times of heavy rainfall, monitor the level of water in any adjacent drainage way. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for possible flood warning.

• Do not attempt to cross a flooding stream on foot or by car.

• If your car stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.

• Keep children away from floodwaters, ditches, culverts, and storm drains.

• Be especially cautious at night when floodwater depth and speed is difficult to see.

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