League City Has Six New Flood Gauge StationsGraphic map of league city flood gauges

League City and Harris County Flood Control District have installed six flood gauge stations within the City boundary. Three of them are in the Clear Creek watershed, and the others are in the Dickinson Bayou Watershed. The City flood gauge stations are in the Flood Warning System (FWS) of the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD). Just search by “Site by Agency” to see the City of League City’s gauge stations. Residents are encouraged to check and track the water levels of the bayou/ditch during rainfall events.

The flood gauge stations are located at the following locations. 

  1. Egret Bay Blvd at Robinson Bayou (ID 5220)
  2. FM 518 at Landing Ditch (ID 5230)
  3. Bay Area Blvd at Magnolia Creek (ID 5240)
  4. FM 646 at Gum Bayou (ID 5320)
  5. FM 646 at Benson Bayou (ID 5330)
  6. Hughes Lane at Borden Gully (ID 5240)

Flood Mitigation Efforts by League City Provide Homeowners with Discounts on Flood Insurance

As a result of League City’s floodplain management activities in the community to protect property and lives, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has increased the City’s community rating, which allows homeowners to receive substantial discounts on their National Flood Insurance Policies (NFIP). 

Starting April 1, 2021, homeowners who renew their flood insurance policy may automatically receive a 25 percent premium discount on their policy if they reside in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), which includes Zones A, AE, AH, AR, A99, V, and VE. Any homeowners who live outside the designated area may receive a 10 percent premium discount on their flood insurance. Homeowners may verify which FEMA Flood Zone they live in by viewing the Flood Insurance Map

For more information about these premium discounts, homeowners should contact their insurance agent or company that administers their flood insurance policy.

Repetitive Loss Area Analysis

The City Council has approved the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis on May 26, 2020. View the final Repetitive Loss Area Analysis document (PDF).

Revised FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps Effective August 15

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is formally revising the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) within FEMAHarris and Galveston Counties which may affect the floodplain designation of your property within League City. These new maps will become effective on August 15, 2019. For League City, this revision means that approximately 10,674 acres and approximately 3730 homes will be located within FEMA’s Special Flood Hazard Area (commonly known as the 100-year floodplain). The revision also has approximately 6,420 acres and approximately 7,378 homes located with the 0.2% Zone (formerly called the 500-year floodplain).

The City is required to adopt the revised FIRMs to continue participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP allows the City and property owners to be eligible for federally managed flood insurance, federally backed mortgages, federal grants, and federal disaster relief, thereby providing a means for property owners to financially protect themselves (a risk not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies). 

To view the FEMA flood insurance maps, click on FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer.

Clear Creek Cleanup 2021

Cleanup will be held every weekend starting Jan. 9 through Feb. 20 on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To helpClear creek cleanup 2021 flyer Opens in new window call: 281-830-3419 or visit us on Facebook for more information. The grand finale will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cleanup will be held at the League City Boat Ramp, Hwy. 270 between Hwy. 518 and NASA Rd. 1.

HMA Implements its 13 Program-Related DRRA ProvisionsHMA Implements its 13 Program-Related DRRA Provisions

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 comprises 56 distinct provisions, many of which require policy or regulatory changes to implement. Of these, there are 13 provisions directly related to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs which have all been implemented.

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire: Authorizes FEMA to provide HMGP funding to areas that receive Fire Management Assistance Grants as a result of a wildfire. Read the fact sheet and final policy that were published on May 8, 2019.
  • Additional Activities (Wildfires and Windstorms): Authorizes FEMA to provide assistance under the HMGP and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs for activities related to wildfire and windstorm mitigation.
  • Management Costs – Public Assistance: Expands the definition of management costs to include both direct and indirect administrative expenses by the state, local, tribal or territorial government.
  • Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation (UFR): Requires FEMA to review and provide a report to Congress on the implementation of the UFR process.
  • Guidance on Hazard Mitigation (Acquisition): Requires FEMA to issue guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial governments on how to manage properties acquired for open space under the HMGP program.
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC): Authorized FEMA to create the new hazard mitigation program, known as BRIC, to support greater investments in mitigation planning and projects before a disaster. Up to $500 million in BRIC funds is available for FY 2020 and the application period to apply for funding opened on September 30, 2020. Find out how to apply for BRIC. These reforms: Acknowledge the shared responsibility for disaster response and recovery. Aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA. Build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. Learn more about the DRRA Provisions and their implementation on FEMA.gov.
  • Building Code and Floodplain Management Implementation and Enforcement.
  • Duplication of Benefits (Federally Authorized Water Resources Development Projects).
  • Incentives and penalties for timely closeout of disaster grants.
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance for reducing the risk of future damage in areas affected by earthquake hazards.
  • Ensures Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding increases resilience to future damage, hardship, loss or suffering.
  • Post-Disaster building safety evaluation guidance.
  • Three-year extension of Jeopardy Biological Opinion issued in Oregon in April 2016.

To learn more about the 13 DRRA provisions, read the HMA 2019 Year in Review.

HMA grant applications will be accepted in FEMA GO through 3 pm EST on January 29, 2021.* Applications received by FEMA GO after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

*Applicants may have earlier deadlines for subapplicants. For local governments and state and tribal agencies, please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer to learn about the applicant’s priorities, deadlines, and additional requirements.

Find out how to apply for FMA and BRICLearn about BRIC and FMA eligibility criteria.

The Natural Hazards Center, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is pleased to present the Making Mitigation Work Webinar Series. These free one-hour webinars feature innovative speakers and highlight recent progress in mitigation policy, practice, and research. Learn more and register.

Apply for FY20 HMA Grants Using FEMA GO - New Online Resources Now AvailableApply for FY20 HMA Grants Using FEMO Go

Newly published online resources are available to help with navigating the grant application process in the new FEMA Grants Outcomes—FEMA GO—system. FEMA GO is the agency’s new grants management system and applicants must use it when applying for the non-disaster Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs beginning fiscal year 2020. FEMA GO and its supporting resources have been designed with grant applicants and subapplicants in mind. Whether applying for either the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) or Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants, eligible states, local communities, federally recognized tribes and territories will find tailored tools and guidance. 

FEMA GO Resources Include: Step-by-step instructional videos, User manuals, Management guides, and more! Have you registered? If you haven’t already done so, register for FEMA GO. Register for FEMA GO button. Current FEMA GO Registration Totals by State. Here’s what we’re seeing for registrations nationwide. If you are interested in applying for FY20 BRIC or FMA grant funding, register for FEMA GO (PDF) today! Image of map of the United State showcasing current FEMA GO registration totals by state. States with 0 to 20 registrations. Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. States with 21 to 30 registrations. Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Oregon. States with 31 to 40 registrations. Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, and Utah. States with 41 to 50 registrations. Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. States with 50 plus registrations. California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Learn more about FEMA GO.

Access the FEMA GO portal.

HMA grant applications will be accepted in FEMA GO through 3 pm EST on January 29, 2021. Applications received by FEMA GO after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

*Applicants may have earlier deadlines for subapplicants. For local governments and state and tribal agencies, please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer to learn about the applicant’s priorities, deadlines, and additional requirements.

Please note: FEMA GO replaces the legacy Mitigation eGrants system, which will continue to be used to manage grants for FY19 and for prior years.  

Renew Flood Policy Before It's Too LateDon't underestimate a little water

Flood insurance policy just expired? You may still be able to renew in full and be covered for a loss due to Hurricane Laura or the next event with flood potential. Call your insurance company or the NFIP Call Center at 1-800-427-4661 to determine if your policy is still within a renewal grace period.

 Over 2,500 NFIP policies in Texas will lapse, and not be eligible to make claims from losses, by or before September 5, 2020.

Regular 30-Day Grace Period

NFIP policies typically have a 30-day grace period for renewals after they expire. The renewal premium must be paid, and policy must be renewed, before a claim can be made.

Claims for losses that occur during the grace period will be honored, provided the full renewal premium is received by the end of the grace period. 

Extended 120-Day Grace Period Due to COVID-19

Because budgets have been stretched thin due to COVID-19, FEMA extended the grace period from 30 days to 120 days for policies that expired between February 13, 2020, and June 15, 2020. For these policies, the renewal premium must be received within 120 days of the policy expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage.

For example, for a policy that expired on May 9, 2020, the NFIP insurer must receive the renewal premium payment on or before September 5, 2020, to avoid a lapse and be eligible for claims. 

Click here to read more about the COVID-19 grace period extension (PDF).

Elevation Options Will Depend on Local Regulations and Flood Zones 

Some property owners impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda will be required by their local government to elevate their structures to or above the base flood elevation (BFE). Those owners have structures that are determined to be substantially damaged. Other property owners may be interested in elevating, even though they are not required, because building above the BFE can reduce potential future flood losses and can result in a substantial discount on flood insurance premiums. Each community’s floodplain administrator or building department can tell you what building requirements apply for your property. 

  • In Zone V (coastal high risk areas) National Flood Insurance Program regulations require that the building be elevated on an open foundation (e.g., pilings, posts, piers) and that the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member (e.g., floor support beam) be at or above the BFE. For more information on construction in Zone V, view the FEMA Coastal Construction Manual at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3293
  • In Zone A (high risk areas) buildings may be elevated either on an open foundation or on continuous foundation walls below the BFE. Regardless of the type of foundation used, Zone A buildings must be elevated so that the lowest floor is at or above the BFE. If continuous walls are used below the BFE, they must be equipped with openings that allow flood waters to flow into and out of the area enclosed by the walls. 
  • For more information on considerations and techniques for elevating structures that are outside of the coastal high risk areas, view FEMA’s Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting, Chapter 5, Elevating Your Home at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/480.

What Is Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC)?

ICC coverage is included under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) to help policyholders with the costs incurred if they are required by the community building department to meet rebuilding standards after a flood.

ICC coverage provides up to $30,000 to help pay for relocating, elevating, demolishing, and floodproofing (non-residential buildings), or any combination of these mitigation activities.

The ICC portion of the claim is handled separately from the building and/or contents portion of the claim. However, the combination of payments cannot exceed the maximum coverage limits available through the NFIP. For example, a policyholder cannot receive more than $250,000 in claim payments for a residential building.

To view a brochure on ICC in English or Spanish, visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/12164.

Am I Eligible? Yes, if:

  • You have an NFIP flood insurance policy; and
  • Your community determines your home is substantially or repetitively damaged by flooding; and
  • The flood damage to your home is equal to 50 percent of the pre-flood market value.

How Do I File a Claim for ICC?

  1. If your community determines your structure is substantially or repetitively damaged, discuss what mitigation activities will be required to rebuild and if any grants may be available.
  2. Promptly contact your insurance carrier to file a claim for ICC. Do not begin repair work before filing an ICC claim.
  3. Submit to your insurance carrier the letter from your community declaring the building substantially or repetitively damaged, a signed contract for the mitigation activity, and the building permit that documents rebuilding requirements.
  4. The insurance carrier will verify that the flood damage to your building equals at least 50 percent of the pre-flood market value, which is required to start the ICC claim.

 For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/increased-cost-compliance-coverage.

FEMA Mitigation Minute

In FY 2019, 1,229 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants totaling more than $850 million and 1,656 Public Assistance projects with 406 Mitigation (PA 406 Mitigation) funding totaling $305 million were awarded. Region one had 43 HMA projects with $9,661,417 obligated and 84 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $1,052,682 obligated. Region two had 99 HMA projects with $156,145,439 obligated and 182 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $174,132,718 obligated. Region three had 53 HMA projects with $12,770,922 obligated and 24 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $826,368 obligated. Region four had 424 HMA projects with $211,295,312 obligated and 419 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $49,699,009 obligated. Region five had 66 HMA projects with $33,787,906 obligated and 142 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $1,901,716 obligated. Region six had 200 HMA projects with $297,879,979 obligated and 590 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $72,106,863 obligated. Region seven had 79 HMA projects with $17,514,551 obligated and 62 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $384,558 obligated. Region eight had 107 HMA projects with $35,781,844 obligated and 30 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $1,587,739 obligated. Region nine had 119 HMA projects with $73,407,618 obligated and 93 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $2,938,771 obligated. Region ten had 39 HMA projects with $10,325,930 obligated and 30 PA 406 Mitigation projects with $765,263 obligated.

Learn More

To learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs, visit: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.

To learn more about Public Assistance 406 Mitigation, including eligibility requirements, examples of mitigation projects, and where to go for more guidance, visit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/184476.

View the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Resources page here: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance-hma-grant-resources.

Local Ordinances & Substantial Damage Determinations 

Communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program have a flood damage prevention ordinance or ordinance language that requires determinations of which structures need to be rebuilt more resilient after recent flooding. The primary goal of making substantial damage determinations is to reduce the risk of future physical and economic loss due to natural disasters.The local official who is designated to administer the National Flood Insurance Program in his or her community is responsible for making substantial damage determinations.Structures that are substantially damaged must be brought into compliance with local flood damage prevention requirements.

For more information about substantial damage, view Answers to Questions About Substantially Improved/Substantially Damaged Buildings.

Additional Resources en Español


Flood Insurance Studies 

Flood Insurance Study Volume 1 (PDF)
Flood Insurance Study Volume 2 (PDF)
Flood Insurance Study Volume 3 (PDF)
Flood Insurance Study Volume 4 (PDF)
Flood Insurance Study Volume 5 (PDF)

Flood Zones Map

Effective FEMA FIRM Letters

Flood Zones

Use the Find Address tool in this map to locate flood zones in your area. Areas marked are considered as Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) wherein the defined area is considered to have a 1% chance of being inundated in any given year. Please use the FEMA panels below to see more detail about this information.

Flood Map

2019 FEMA Panels

Archived FEMA Panels