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Flood Plain Management
City of New Braunfels Flood Ordinance
Residential construction in the floodplain is required to elevate the base floor to 2 feet above the base flood elevation (BFE). Commercial and Industrial properties may elevate or floodproof, which provides for all electrical and other pertinent facilities to be located above the base flood elevation (BFE) in order to create minimal flood damage. An elevation certificate is required for all construction done in the floodway or floodplain.

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department 830-221-4050 or the Building Department at 830-221-4060 and ask to speak to a floodplain manager for further clarification or more detailed information. 

Floodplain Maps
FEMA has completed the process for revising the floodplain maps for the city which is the source of BFE information. The final maps are now in effect, as of January 5, 2006. County maps for Guadalupe County have been approved and include parts of the city. Visit the FEMA maps page for more information and the draft maps. Please visit the FEMA website concerning floodplains.

Many homes that were not in the 100 year floodplain (A zone) on the previous maps have been included in the floodplain on the new maps. While these homes no longer can receive the preferred risk policy rate, the rates to insure the homes can be grandfathered based on the previous maps.

See the grandfather rule for setting insurance rates for these areas from the NFIP, National Flood Insurance Program by FEMA and contact your insurance agent for specific rate information. The TSARP webpage provides a good Q&A concerning flood insurance.