Do you know your flood risk?
Texas leads the nation in flood-related fatalities. The first step in preventing flood-related fatalities is knowing your flood risk.
The Bexar Regional Watershed Management (BRWM) partners—Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio River Authority and 20 suburban cities in Bexar County—undertook a comprehensive effort to update Bexar County’s flood risk maps beginning in 2004. In addition to converting the maps to a digital format, the BRWM updated flood studies and re-mapped many areas of the floodplain that were originally mapped in the 1970s.
In March 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Bexar County. That means the floodplain maps for your area might have changed based on more up-to-date flood studies.
Local governmental bodies (Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and suburban cities in Bexar County) have been given six months to approve the newly updated maps. If the maps aren’t approved by a governmental body within this six-month period, that community risks losing access to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The BRWM is a partnership among Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio River Authority and 20 suburban cities to address flood management and water quality concerns on a regional basis.