Tammy Fikac, CFM
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.
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.