Saturday January the 20th 2018

Floodplain Administration

Tammy Fikac, CFM

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James Soderholtz,

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2805 N. Navarro, Suite 106, Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: (361) 578-6281   Fax: (361) 579-6348


Throughout time, floods have altered the floodplain landscape. Forces of water continuously shape areas by causing sediment deposits to become eroded or built up. Recently the landscape has been altered by human development, affecting immediate floodplains and events downstream. The result has been an increased level of damage and destruction wrought by natural forces of flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created by Congress in 1968 to protect lives and property; reduce the financial burden of providing disaster assistance.  The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Victoria County participates in the NFIP, it agrees to regulate floodplain development according to certain criteria and standard in accordance with Floodplain Ordinance (545-2251).  To view the ordinance, you may request via email or review at Victoria County Floodplain Administration.


  • Communities Regulate the Floodplain to:

    Protect people and property
    Ensure the Federal flood insurance and disaster assistance are available
    Save tax dollars
    Reduce future flood losses
    Reduce liability

    To participate in the NFIP, Victoria County agrees to:

    Adopt and enforce a flood damage prevention ordinance;
    Require permits for all types of development in the floodplain (refer to Activities Requiring Permits);
    Ensure that building sites are reasonably safe from flooding;
    Estimate flood elevations that were not determined by FEMA;
    Require new or substantially improved homes and manufactured homes to be elevated at or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE);
    Require other buildings to be elevated or flood proofed;
    Conduct field inspections and cite violations;
    Require Elevation Certificates to document compliance;
    Resolve non-compliance and violations;

  • Most man made changes to land in the floodplain requires a permit. Examples include:

    Constructing new buildings (including temporary or agricultural)
    Additions to existing buildings
    Substantial improvements to existing buildings (including interior renovation)
    Repair of substantially damaged buildings
    Placement of manufactured (mobile) homes
    Subdivision of land
    Parking or storage of recreational vehicles
    Storing materials, including gas/liquid tanks
    Construction of roads, bridges and culverts
    Placement of fill, grading, excavation, mining and dredging
    Alteration of stream channels
    Oil and gas drilling

  • Floodplains are supposed to store floodwater. If storage space is filled with dirt and other material, future flooding may worsen. Make sure your floodplain fill project won’t harm your neighbors. Floodway fill is allowed only if an engineering evaluation demonstrates “no rise” in flood level will occur.


  • Experience shows that manufactured homes are easily damaged. As little as one foot of water can cause substantial damage. Manufactured homes must be anchored to resist flotation, collapse, or lateral movement by being tied down in accordance with Victoria County’s ordinance or the manufacturers’ installation specifications.


  • Structures means a structure that is located on the same parcel of land as a principle structure. Accessory structures should be no more than a minimal initial investment, may not be used for human habitation, and must be designed to minimize flood damage. Examples: detached garages, carports, storage sheds, pole barns, and hay sheds.


  • In a flood hazard area, an RV must: be licensed and titled as an RV or park model (not as a permanent residence); be built on a single chassis; have inflated tires and be self-propelled or towable by light truck; have no attached deck, porch, shed; be used for temporary recreational, camping, travel, or seasonal use (no more than 180 days); be less than 400 sq. ft. in area; have quick-disconnect sewage, water, and electrical connectors. RVs that do not meet these conditions must be installed and elevated like Manufactured Homes.


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