The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is soliciting technical information or comments on revised Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) shown in the Preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and on the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for The Colony. These revised BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that The Colony will be required to adopt in order to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
BFEs are the elevations of the surface of flood waters in streams and Lake Lewisville for the 100-year flood (1-percent-annual-chance). Standard homeowners’ insurance does not cover losses due to flooding. Homeowners in The Colony may obtain separate insurance coverage for flooding, regardless of whether or not the property is located in the floodplain. BFEs are typically used by lending institutions to determine if flood insurance is required to secure a loan for property with homes or businesses. The Colony has participated in the NFIP since 1984.
Before any revised BFEs are effective for floodplain management purposes, property owners have the opportunity to appeal the proposed BFEs. The proposed FIS and FIRMs with the revised BFEs for The Colony may be viewed here on the city’s website, FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe or call the FEMA Map Assistance Center toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP. Any technical information or comments may be submitted to the Engineering Department, Attn: Ron Hartline, P.E., City of The Colony, 6800 Main Street, The Colony, Texas 75056 or by telephone at 972-624-3195. The appeal period ends February 13, 2008.