Homeowners and home buyers need to be aware that FEMA recently approved the redrawing of the flood plain maps in San Antonio by Bexar Regional Watershed Management (BRWM) partners – the county, city, and the River Authority. The BRWM undertook a comprehensive effort to update Bexar County’s flood risk maps beginning in 2004. BRWM will be hosting presentations to the public at five public meeting during the first week of August.
While the majority of homes are seldom built in a flood zone, sometimes the homes are built close to a flood plain and the redrawing of the map could mean additional cost in flood insurance for the homeowner. The maps were originally mapped in the 1970s and in March of this year FEMA approved the changes based on more up-to-date flood studies.
The San Antonio Express News reported that the maps have been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will become effective September 29th. The newspaper indicated, “The new digital flood insurance-rate maps could mean houses or businesses have been removed or added to the flood plain, and property owners can review them online at www.BexarFloodFacts.org to see if they are affected.”
The meeting will be hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, FEMA and Bexar Regional Watershed Management. Go to www.BexarFloodFacts.org and click on upcoming events for time and location of the meetings.