Updated flood maps will put thousands of League City homes in flood plains

Starting Aug. 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's updated flood plain maps will take effect, and thousands of League City homes will be added to the flood plain, affecting insurance rates as well as who is required to get flood insurance.

Under the existing 1999 FEMA flood plain maps, 1,265 League City homes are considered within the 100-year flood plain, which has a 1% chance of flooding during a given year. A total of 4,245 homes are in the 500-year flood plain, which has a 0.2% change of flooding per year.

Under the new maps, updated for the first time in 20 years, 3,730 homes will be in the 100-year flood plain, and 7,378 will be within the 500-year flood plain, an increase of 295% and 174% respectively. About 8,191 acres, or 24.2%, of League City are within the flood plains now, and on Aug. 15, that amount will grow to about 17,097 acres, or 50.4% of the city, according to League City data.

"This is a big change," League City Engineering Director Chris Sims said.

League City City Council in late July voted to adopt the updated FEMA flood plain maps. The city had to adopt the updated maps to remain part of the National Flood Insurance Program, which, in part, provides affordable insurance to property owners.

Any League City resident within the new 100-year flood plain who is still paying a mortgage or otherwise does not own their property must get flood insurance. City officials "strongly recommend" those who do own their homes to still get flood insurance, Sims said.

League City residents might see flood insurance rate increases when the updated maps become official Aug. 15, Sims said.

League City residents can use this online tool to see if their homes fall within the 100-year flood plain. For more information, visit League City's flood plain webpage.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

<

MOST RECENT

Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

More than 118,000 people have received their first shot.

Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County's preliminary flood plain maps to be released in late 2021

The new flood insurance rates in Harris County could take effect in 2023 or 2024.

vaccine drive-thru
Houston opens first drive-thru vaccination site

The site aims to distribute 1,000 doses per day for the first week and can scale up if more doses become available.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo warned that vaccine supply remains "extremely limited," and it will still take time for those waitlisted to get an appointment.

Eric Williams started as superintendent Jan. 18. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Eric Williams concludes first week as Clear Creek ISD superintendent

Williams plans to spend his first months on the job discovering how the district can sustain and build on its quality of education.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
Vaccine distribution starts in Fort Bend County and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Houston area.

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

More than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Galveston County since Jan. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Galveston County adds 38 COVID-19 deaths in 2 weeks

Nearly 30% of the total county coronavirus cases are considered active as of Jan. 20.