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Region VI: Helping Property Owners Make Informed Rebuilding Decisions

This page describes how quickly leveraging new flood risk data during disaster recovery can help to encourage property owners to rebuild more effectively. It is intended for FEMA staff, along with state and community officials, mitigation and urban planners, and other individuals interested in how the Risk MAP program and project cycle can help their community to recover from recent flooding events.

Over 35 trillion gallons of water fell in the state of Texas in May 2015, causing widespread damage. One of the hardest hit areas, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Basin, saw the Blanco River rise to the highest recorded levels ever in Wimberley, TX. This severe flooding event destroyed homes and businesses, and led to an increase in flood water-surface elevations that was significantly higher than the levels in the effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). FEMA Region 6 was able to quickly release Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) data so that property owners could repair or rebuild their properties at levels that would make them more resilient against future flooding.