Wilkes-Barre retains best rating in Pa. for flood insurance program


WILKES-BARRE — The city has maintained its Class 6 rating in the National Flood Insurance Program and continues to have the best rating in the state, said Mayor Tony George.

As a result of the rating, flood insurance policyholders will qualify for discounts on their premiums — 20 percent in Special Flood Hazard Areas and 10 percent in Zone X areas protected by levees.

George said he was notified by letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city is one of 35 municipalities statewide participating in the agency’s Community Rating Service. Wilkes-Barre has had a Class 6 rating since 2013.

In its five-year verification application to FEMA, the city provided information about its floodplain management and flood mitigation activities.