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DENTON, Texas – On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, new flood maps for Leon County, Texas will become effective. Before that date, state, local and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps to understand their flood risk and consider purchasing flood insurance.

Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of a flood. Floods can place people at risk of uninsured loss to their businesses, homes and personal property if they don’t have either a private flood insurance policy or coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a voluntary protection program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States and only flood insurance covers these unexpected, damaging and sometimes fatal events.

“Where there is rain, there could be flooding,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “Everyone lives in a flood zone.”

 To review the new flood maps, residents can contact their local floodplain administrator. FEMA map specialists and flood insurance experts also are available to answer questions. They can be reached by phone and online chat:

  • To use the live chat service, visit Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
  • To view the Interactive Preliminary Flood Index visit
  • To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to

 Participation in the NFIP can assure a faster recovery in the event of a devastating flood. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to obtaining information about insurance. Folks can visit or call 1-888-379-9531 to locate an agent in their area.




On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, new flood maps for Leon County, Texas became effective. 

Because Leon County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, all new construction, manufactured home placement and substantial improvements including but not limited to water supply systems and sanitary sewage systems, require a floodplain determination/development permit.  The landowner should contact the County Judge’s office or their local City office to receive information on floodplain determination/ permitting procedures, and to obtain an application.  This is intended to inform the landowner of their responsibilities.  

The proposed development/construction may not begin until after written authorization has been issued from the County Judge or City office.

 To inquire as to whether or not a property is in the floodplain:

  • Property located in Leon County unincorporated areas call (903)536-2331 or 903-536-3158
  • Property located in the City of Buffalo call (979)322-4741
  • Property located in the City of Centerville call (903)536-2515
  • Property located in the City of Jewett call (903)626-4416
  • Property located in the City of Leona call (903)344-2981
  • Property located in the City of Marquez call (903)593-3020
  • Property located in the City of Normangee call (936)396-3691
  • Property located in the City of Oakwood call (903)545-2131

 For information on flood insurance contact the National Flood Insurance Program at (888)379-9531 or online at

 Other permits may be required.  For information on wetlands determination and Section 404 permitting contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at (817)886-1731.

Order (Amendment to Article 3, Section D; the "Leon County Flood Damage Preventions Court Order" effective date November 20, 2013)

Leon County Flood Damage Prevention Order effective November 20, 2013

Floodplain Determination/Development Permit Application - return completed application to County Judge at PO Box 429, Centerville, TX 75833

Fact Sheet

Flood Map Update Schedule

How Map Changes Affect Flood Insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency Proposed Flood Hazard Determination for Leon County, TX and Incorporated Areas

Answers to Questions about NFIP

Your Homeowners Does Not Cover Floods

Flood Insurance vs. Disaster Assistance

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