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Flood-Resistant Material

The purpose of this page is to define flood-resistant material, a commonly used term in floodplain management.


Flood-resistant material includes any building product capable of withstanding direct and prolonged contact with floodwaters without sustaining significant damage. Prolonged contact is defined as at least 72 hours. Significant damage is any damage requiring more than low-cost cosmetic repair (such as painting). All structural and non-structural building materials at or below the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) must be flood resistant.

NFIP Requirement

60.3 (a)(3) - Reasonably Safe from Flooding

Other Applicable NFIP Regulations:

  • 60.3 (c) (3) (iii)
  • 60.3 (c) (4)
  • 60.3 (c) (8) (ii)


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Last Updated: 
10/22/2019 - 10:01