Communities: Know the Risk

NFIP Information for the State of Texas

New Texas ABFEs

Following damage caused by recent flooding in Central Texas, FEMA has released new Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) in Hays, Caldwell, and Guadalupe counties. These ABFEs provide an updated analysis of the true 1 percent annual chance flood hazard elevations in these areas, and are essential to understanding how communities can recover and rebuild in ways that will make them more resilient to future flood events.

ABFEs are available for portions of Hays, Caldwell, and Guadalupe Counties including:

  • Blanco River and Cypress Creek near Wimberley

  • Blanco River near San Marcos

  • San Marcos River near Martindale along the Caldwell and Guadalupe County lines

Decisions made today on rebuilding can provide a safer, stronger future for property owners.  One way to reduce future flood losses is to raise buildings above the minimum required standards.  Another is to flood proof non-residential buildings.

Click on Hays, Caldwell, or Guadalupe County here to learn where ABFEs were issued and more about what they mean to local communities.

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Know Your Risk

Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) seeks to collaborate and coordinate with our Region 6 states to identify risks and increase public awareness. We invite you to find local flood risk information on your state’s page in order to make educated decisions concerning your home and family.

This map provides a quick view of the counties where active mapping studies are occurring. It also identifies where we are currently identifying risk in a watershed within Texas. The status of maps, locally specific resources and other risk information is available on the county page – just select your county on the left.

If Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are currently available for your county, a link will be provided on the county page. There will be more than one tab from the county page if the county is also included in Risk MAP Watershed. If your county is not highlighted on the map below, current effective FIRMs may be viewed from the

Map Service Center.

Once you know your risk, click on the Take Action: Empowering Communities tab to learn more about what you can do.