The City of Fulshear has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding an appeal period to solicit technical information and/or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations shown on preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report that encompass the western portions of the City of Fulshear. Other area entities, including Fort Bend County and surrounding cities affected by the determinations have received similar notices. The appeal period began on or about February 15. All comments and/or appeals must be submitted and received no later than 90-days after same. Please see FEMA's information sheet for more details.
The FIRM and FIS are the basis for floodplain management measures that the City is required to adopt or have in effect in order to qualify for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and are also used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report becomes effective.
These reports are not something that was initiated due to recent floods/natural disasters. Rather, these preliminary reports are part of FEMA’s update for Fort Bend County which was a joint effort by FEMA and its cooperating technical partners – Fort Bend County and the City of Sugar Land. For more details, please review the Preliminary FIS issued January 30, 2017.
The following PDF map links depict the areas in the City of Fulshear jurisdiction covered by the preliminary flood hazard determinations. As mentioned previously, the City’s eastern portion is not affected by these reports.
FEMA also has an interactive mapping tool that provides data related to existing and proposed flood hazard determinations, including the ability to run reports for specific geographic locations comparing effective and preliminary revisions side by side.
Technical appeals/comments related to the proposed determinations for the CITY OF FULSHEAR must be submitted directly to the City of Fulshear c/o the Mayor. For more details on the technical appeal/comment process, please see the full notice to the City available here.
Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) - A nationwide program developed by FEMA to work together with States, Tribes, and local communities in building an understanding of a complete picture of their natural hazard risk