The City of Gainesville is dedicated to minimizing the loss of life and property that is associated with flooding events. Education and prevention are valuable and proven tools that help communities become resistant to these natural disasters. The City of New Braunfels recognizes that its entire community is susceptible to flooding, not just those structures located within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA’s). The following information has been provided to help inform property owners located within the SFHA, flood prone areas and also all property owners within The City of Gainesville.
The Community Development Department is available to make site visits to review flooding issues, drainage and sewer problems, and provide one-on-one advice to property owners pertaining to development, renovation, and flood protection measures.
public inforamtion & flood information
nine TEXAS FLOOD FACTOIDS
- Texas holds 6 of 12 world record rainfall rates in 24 hours or less - source United States Geological Survey (USGS).
- Texas leads the nation in flood-related deaths most every year -- averaging twice the next nearest state: California.
- Texas leads the nation in flood-related damages most every year - sharing this distinction with Florida and Louisiana.
- Some 20 million of Texas’ 171 million acres are flood-prone - more than in any other state. (Source: 2001 Blue Ribbon Committee Study -- Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution 68)
- Texas has approximately 8 million structures in floodplains. 3 million of these have no flood insurance. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
- Texas is among the top four states with repeat flood losses to the same properties. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
- From 1986 to 2000, Texas experienced 4,722 flash flood events. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
- Texas has 1.5 full-time employees to administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1000 communities (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
- "Texas has the fewest numbers of state employees devoted to disaster preparedness of any of the most populous states," Tom Millwee, past head of Texas Department of Public Safety and Chair of Blue Ribbon Committee.
letter of may change (lomc)
The delineation of the floodplain limits can change. If a developer wishes to alter and/or fill a portion of the floodplain, they must prepare a Flood Study showing no adverse effects or substantial changes in the water surface elevation. This flood study, along with a detailed application, may be submitted to FEMA to be considered for a Letter of Map Revisions (LOMR).
If approved, the LOMR serves as an official revision to the FIRM. Individual property owners may also contest the floodplain designation for their property by submitting information to FEMA for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA).
The city has received many LOMRs and LOMAs within our city limits. Lenders and Insurance Companies are not always aware of these changes, so it may be necessary to call the Community Development Department to determine if the floodplain map for your area has changed and to receive a copy of the change. Many Letters of Map Change can also be obtained online from the FEMA Flood Map Store.
- United States Geological Survey
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service
- Association of State Floodplain Managers
- Emergency Preparedness
All development in The City of Gainesville needs local and state permits. Contact The City of New Gainesville’s Community Development Department at (940) 668-4799 for advice before you build, fill, place a manufactured home or otherwise develop. The zoning ordinance, flood control ordinance and the International Building Codes have special provisions regulating construction and other developments within floodplains. Without these provisions, flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would not be available to property owners in The City of Gainesville. Any development in the floodplain without a permit is illegal; such activity can be reported to the City of Gainesville Community Development Department at (940) 668-4799.
- Floodplain Development Permit Application
- Elevation Certificate
- Flood Proofing Certificate
- Floodplain Development Decision Tree
- Quick Guide to Floodplain Management in Texas (2015)