Floods

Harris County Flood Control District

Harris County Floodplain Management

FIRM – Flood Insurance Rate Map – Harris County Flood Control

Watershed Information

Bellaire is in the Brays Bayou Watershed – Watch the YouTube video


For information on FEMA, flood insurance, and the City of Bellaire information, click on the Links Below:

FEMA  – The National Flood Insurance Program

FEMA Flood Map for Bellaire – Enter 77401

NOTE: Zone AE are areas that have a 1% probability of flooding every year (also known as the “100-year floodplain”), and where predicted flood water elevations above mean sea level have been established. Properties in Zone AE are considered to be at high risk of flooding under the National Flood Insurance Program.  Here are the  FEMA definitions.

How do I buy Flood Insurance

Short review of some misconceptions:  Flood_Insurance_Facts

Making Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage Determinations   The substantial improvement rule applies to all properties, not just those that were flooded.  Limitations apply to how much can be invested in renovating an older home.  How to regulate major additions and other improvements to buildings in the floodplain; how to regulate reconstruction and repairs to buildings that have been severely damaged; Exceptions to the basic rules for some special cases.

City of Bellaire: What_does_Substantially_Damaged_Mean?

Bellaire_Market_Value_Estimator-FEMA – this provides information for the calculation of the value of a structure.  Development Services can help you with this calculation.

City of Bellaire Flood Repair Process and FEMA Information: https://www.bellairetx.gov/1399/Flood-Repair-Information

Apply for a Building Permit: Bellaire_Residential_Building_Permit_Application

Flood Repair Permit Process: https://www.bellairetx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20333

Limitations on rebuilding may apply: https://www.bellairetx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20341

My Property is Substantially Damaged.  What are my options? What_are_my_options

Bellaire is a member of the The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) , a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirement.  Discounts apply to your Flood Insurance premium.  You can find Bellaire’s rating here: Community Ratings page down to Texas.

ARKK Engineers Drainage Study, September, 2016:  FY 2016 Drainage Study

City of Bellaire Flood_Mitigation_Task_Force_Report_March_2018  

Bellaire Flood Hazard Mitigation: https://www.bellairetx.gov/1416/Flood-Hazard-Mitigation-Task-Force

There are videos of the Task Force meeting on the Bellaire web site.

The City of Bellaire may be eligible to receive funding for elevation grants from other entities on your behalf. If your home is or has been elevated you are ineligible for the program. This is a match program and would require funds of at least $30,000 from the homeowner.  Please click on the link if you are interested in more home elevation grant information.

Follow this link to the Documents Center, drop down to Task Force, and find a number of files for Local, Regional, FEMA, and Regulatory documents and studies.

Follow this link to the City of Bellaire website for information on flood related articles.

Did you suffer any damage from recent flooding?  Where are you in the recovery process?  What was your experience with the governmental agencies involved, City, State,  and Federal?  Do you still need assistance?  Post your information on the User Comments page.