Should I buy flood insurance?

If your house is in the floodplain according to the FEMA maps, you may be required by your lender to purchase flood insurance. If your house is in the floodplain but you do not have a mortgage, then it is your personal decision whether or not to buy flood insurance. There may be some advantage to purchasing flood insurance before the new maps become effective. Certain properties where the floodplain status has changed may be "grandfathered" and reduced rates may apply for insurance purchased before the new maps become effective. 

Contact your insurance agent for more information.

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1. What is a FIRM?
2. Why does the city have floodplain regulations?
3. What is a floodplain?
4. What is a floodway?
5. What is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
6. Can I build a new house or structure in a floodplain?
7. How do I know if my property is in the floodplain?
8. I have lived in my house for a long time and it has never flooded, but the maps show my property to be in the floodplain. Are the maps wrong?
9. How do I request information regarding the FIRM?
10. How do I request that the map be changed?
11. Who created the preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood map for Abilene?
12. How was the map prepared?
13. What is the purpose of the newly revised FEMA flood map for Abilene?
14. How did the City of Abilene assist FEMA in creating the flood map?
15. Am I required to have flood insurance?
16. Should I buy flood insurance?