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Cameron County

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Cameron County was founded in 1848. The county is named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution.

As of 2010, the population of Cameron County is 406,220.

Cameron County receives annual rainfall averages of 28 inches. Several historic storms affected the area. Hurricane Beulah crossed the Texas coastline near Brownsville in September 1967 causing widespread damage. Hurricane Allen’s eye passed directly over Cameron County in August 1980 and Hurricane Dolly in July 2008 caused widespread flooding. The county was also affected by Hurricane Alex in June 2010.

Cameron County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in June 1979.

For more helpful information, look underResources and Related Links.

For mapping questions, contact the FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) – 1-877-336-2627.

For flood insurance questions, call the NFIP Hotline - 1-800-621-3362.(press 2 for insurance)

Coastal Barrier Resources Systems are identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and can be viewed here.