Do you know if your property is in the flood plain? Use the city's Current Floodplain Map to assess your level of risk. To use: Enter your street name in the box in the upper left hand corner. Select the map as it enlarges and see if your property is in a colored area. If so, the legend on the right will identify the flood area in which your property lies. This will assist you in determining the level of flood insurance you may choose to purchase. https://msc.fema.gov/portal.
Obtain a copy of an Elevation Certificate(s) on some buildings built in the floodplain.
The Floodplain Administrator will visit your property, if requested, at no charge to review its flood potential and explain ways to protect your property from flood damage.
The Flood plain Administrator can answer questions about your property's flood potential. The Flood plain Administrator, Manuel Duarte, P.E., CFM, can be contacted at 512-990-6309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The floodplain administrator can answer questions and provide the following Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) information:
- Whether the property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or located in a floodway.
- The community number,
- The panel number and suffix,
- The date of the FIRM’s index (cover panel),
- The FIRM zone, e.g., A, X, AE, AO, etc.,
- The base flood elevation where shown on the FIRM,
- The elevation datum used on the FIRM, if other than NGVD.
For this information, fill out the Request for Flood plain Information Form and return it to the floodplain administrator.
Mapping the Risk
Flood risks vary from property to property, even in the same neighborhood, and can change over time due to erosion, new construction and other factors. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City of Austin and the City of Pflugerville have completed a major update to the digital flood hazard maps reflecting current flood boundaries. This study integrates the most current rainfall, elevation and other key data with the latest modeling technology providing the most up-to-date picture of the area’s flood risk.
Consider Flood Insurance
More than 20 percent of flood insurance claims come from property owners who had coverage in moderate-to-low risk area.
Flood maps and flood protection references are available at the City of Pflugerville Public Library at
1008 W. Pfluger St., and at the Development Services Center at 201-B E. Pecan St.
Homeowners, renters and businesses can buy flood insurance, whether or not they are in a flood plain. Make sure you buy coverage for your contents as well as for the structure. There's more information at FloodSmart.gov.
You should store important papers, photographs or valuables in watertight containers, placed on a high shelf. There may be some improvements you can make to protect your house or business from flooding. https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program
Watch this short video – Flash Flood Alley: Swept Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYBo6t4_6_U
Rushing water has tremendous power. Taking the following steps during a storm can help you stay safe
- Visit ATXfloods.com to check what roadways are flooded.
- Be alert to your surroundings.
- Monitor local media.
- Avoid driving. If you must drive, avoid low water crossings, look for water over the road and turn around if a road is closed or if there is water on the road.
- Turn around if a road is barricaded or if water is over the road. Keep in mind that the road may be heavily damaged underneath the flood water.
- Stay away from creeks, trails, culverts, ponds and other drainage infrastructure.
- If water starts to rise, seek higher ground. This may mean getting on your roof.
- Rushing water has tremendous power; it can wash a car away or sweep you off your feet.
- Use a weather radio for updates and monitor local news media.
- Access rainfall and creek level data at http://hydromet.lcra.org/full.aspx
Make a plan in advance of a flood
- How will you avoid flooded roads?
- If your home is subject to flooding, will you try to leave or wait out a flood at home? Is there a friend or relative whom you can stay with if a flash flood watch has been issued? If you want to leave, when will you leave? Consider that the roads may already be impassible by the time water starts entering your house.
- Where can you wait out a flood at your house? If you live in a one-story house, escaping on to your roof is better than in the attic. Have the equipment you need to reach your roof.
- Are there elderly, disabled, young children or pets in your family who will need extra assistance?
- Make an emergency kit that you can easily grab and take with you.
- Find out how to turn off utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve. If there’s time, you’ll want to take these actions before leaving.
- Choose a relative or friend as a contact point in case your family is separated.