The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released preliminary flood maps for the City of El Paso. The final effective maps will be issued at a future date yet to be determined. A viewer has been created to show your address in relation to the flood zones. A pdf with Instructions can be found on this page. Click the banner to launch the viewer and type in your address.
There will be a 90 day appeal and comment period that will be coordinated with FEMA. The appeal period date has not been finalized. All appeals must be sent to the City of El Paso Flood Plain Administrator and must have a technical with calculations for removal. Residents will be notified of any dates through social media, this page and the newspaper. We encourage all affected owners to review the preliminary maps through the viewer and submit any comments to this office. Thank you.
Frequently asked questions:
- Why are new maps being issued?
The City of El Paso participates in the National Flood Insurance Program in order to get the most accurate information and to lower flood insurance rates for the residents of El Paso who are in a flood zone. A county wide study has been done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update the previous effective maps. These are preliminary maps for the public to view in order to properly make a decision if there are any flood zone changes to the affected property.
- Why are flood zone changes important to property owners?
If your property is removed from the flood zone, it may eliminate the need for flood insurance as required by mortgage companies and could save you money. Unfortunately, for those small number of properties that weren’t previously mapped in the flood zone but are now included, these property owners need to obtain flood insurance to satisfy mortgage company requirements. You should not make any changes to your flood insurance until you speak with your mortgage or insurance provider.
- What is the time frame for the preliminary and effective maps?
Preliminary maps were issued on July 8, 2020. There will be a 90 day appeal and comment period with dates that are yet to be determined. After the 90 day appeal and comment period, it will take FEMA approximately 4 to 5 months to review the information and issued the final effective maps. All upcoming dates will be posted on this webpage.
- When does the Appeals and Comments period begin?
The Appeals and Comments period begins May 23, 2021 and ends August 21, 2021. When a preliminary flood map becomes available, some residents, business owners, developers and others may disagree with the flood risk shown in certain areas. FEMA provides a 90-day appeal and comment period for new or revised Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), flood hazard zones, and/or floodway boundaries.
Contact us at:
Mr. Oscar Villalobos
Phone number: (915) 212-1580
Mr. Jose Unzueta
Phone number: (915) 212-1578
Join the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) and partners in Flood Awareness Week, Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28.
Ways Your Community Can Participate
- Use the week to communicate about flood risk, flood safety, flood mitigation, flood insurance and more to your citizens through social media or on your website.
- TFMA will post a different flood topic each day on social media, using the hashtag #floodprep21. Share their posts or create your own on your community social media platforms and websites.
- Additionally, TFMA leads a social media selfie campaign called Wear Blue Wednesday, with the hashtag #Iwearblue, which will take place on Wednesday, May 26. Consider getting your floodplain, permitting, stormwater, development, communication, or other relevant departments involved.
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Floodplain Management & Insurance Branch