PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The City of Pflugerville wants residents to be aware of their flood risks. City officials warn that flood risks vary from property to property, even in the same neighborhood, and risk can change over time.
New flood plain maps are effective August 18. Residents can use this digital map to assess their current flood risk. Property owners may learn their risk is different than they thought, and it could affect what they are paying for flood insurance.
“We’ve had a lot of rain here lately,” said Trey Fletcher, assistant city manager. “And some of these events are significant.”
More than 420 people who live near the Gillelend Creek Watershed in both Pflugerville and Austin are being notified their homes are at a higher risk for flooding.
“Those are the homeowners that unbeknownst to them live in or near a flood plain and need to contemplate their options for buying flood insurance and being protected,” said Fletcher.
The newly released flood plain map means residents like Maryanne Mckenna Szombathy are now in the flood plain zone.
“Make do and adapt, that’s what we’re all doing here anyways, we’re surviving,” said Szombathy.
Families like Maryannes’s will need to get flood insurance if they haven’t already. Flood insurance policies often cost more than a thousand dollars a year.
“The circumstances aren’t cheap, but because they’re mandatory, don’t give you many options,” Fletcher added.
According to the city’s website, for residents who are newly mapped into a high-risk area, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has cost-saving options to help reduce the cost of flood insurance. Most property owners can purchase a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy for the first two years after the maps become effective and then after that, grandfather the lower-risk zone for future rating.