How Do You Find the Flood Zones in Houston?


Quick Answer

To find the flood zones in the Houston, Texas, area, go to the Harris County Flood Control District website and click on "Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool" under the "Interactive Mapping Tools" menu. The mapping tool was created after Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001. It can be used to compare floodplains for specific addresses in the Houston area.

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To find flood zones in Houston, Texas, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the website for the Harris County Flood Control District, HCFCD.org, in a browser to go to the organization's main page. Click on "Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool" in the "Interactive Mapping Tools" drop-down menu in the upper right of the screen.

  3. Display the map
  4. Click on the displayed map to open the Harris County Flood Education mapping tool. Click on "I accept" to accept the disclaimer.

  5. View the flood zones
  6. Click on the magnifying glass to zone into specific areas of Houston to view the flood zones. Alternatively, enter a specific address in the search box to view flood zone areas for that address. Map view options include mapped floodplains, ponding and watersheds, as of 2015.

Viewers can also see flood maps on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website at FEMA.gov.

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