Floodplain/Stormwater

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.

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

https://www.floodsmart.gov/reclamos

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

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