Floodplain Update 2018

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Castroville, Texas are encouraged to review the newly released preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to determine their flood risk and make informed decisions about how they can reduce their flood risk.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the City of Castroville are presenting the preliminary FIRMs to our community and unincorporated areas to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with future development.

Impacts to Castroville

The revised floodplain boundaries influence who is required to purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The preliminary map link below shows the preliminary increases and decreases to the floodplain that are anticipated due to the study along the Medina River. Overall, the revisions to the 100-year regulatory floodplain are minor. In most cases, the floodplain extents are being reduced within the City limits. 

  • To view the preliminary map changes on-line, please visit: https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv 
  • To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
  • To use live chat service to communicate with a FEMA representative, visit http://go.usa.gov/r6C. Click on the “Live Chat” icon. 
In the coming weeks, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback and input during a 90-day comment period.

Those with questions regarding the preliminary FIRMs for the City of Castroville should contact Lora Chontal, Community Development Coordinator for the City of Castroville, at 830-931-4090 or via email at Lora.Chontal@castrovilletx.gov.