Bryan and College Station are similar to other cities located in the eastern part of Texas with mostly flat terrain and some rolling hills. They have significant amounts of urban impervious cover (concrete, asphalt, and homes), slow-absorbing soil, and the potential for heavy rainfall from thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Often these storms produce rainfall that the cities’ infrastructure and creeks just can’t handle.
All of these factors combine to form ideal conditions for flooding in our area. But you don’t have to be unprepared.
Below are several educational resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on how to prepare for flooding, how to protect your interests, how to reduce possible damage, floodplains, and the National Flood Insurance Program. These resources will help you understand your flood risks, and how to best address them.
For more information on the importance of flood insurance, local floodplain maps, how to protect your family in a flood situation, and requirements for development or construction within a floodplain, visit the City of Bryan’s Flooding webpage or view the FEMA Flood Maps for Bryan, College Station and Brazos County on the B-CS Unified Design Guidelines website.
FEMA Publications on Flooding
- Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House, FEMA-347 (2000)
- Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084 (2011)
- Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54 (1984)
- Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines, F-083 (2007)
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA P-85 (2009)
- Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA-P-348 (1999)
- Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268 (1996)
- Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding, FEMA 511 (2005)