The City of Seabrook is committed to ensuring a safe environment for residents in all aspects of life. Addressing the impact of flooding is a crucial part of this commitment. Knowledge and proactive measures play key roles in building resilience to natural disasters.
Flooding can affect anyone, regardless of their location. It's essential to be well-informed on how to safeguard yourself and your property during major storms. The links on this page have been designed as a user-friendly resource for property owners and citizens in Seabrook. They aim to enhance awareness about flood hazards, providing valuable information for education and prevention. Take advantage of these resources to stay prepared for potential flooding events.
Request Floodplain Information
If you're looking for floodplain information, or have questions about floodplains, submit a Floodplain Information Request.
You can search for elevation certificates using the Elevation Certificate Search dashboard.
Before You Build - Development Requirements
All development in the Seabrook floodplain requires a permit per Chapter 38 of the Seabrook Code of Ordinances (revised November 18, 2016). Development includes, but is not limited to, all new construction, filling, grading, and paving. Substantially damaged or improved structures, where the cost of repair (regardless of the cause of damage) or improvements to a structure equals or exceeds 50% of the building’s (Improvement only not land value) market value, also require building permits and elevation certificates and are held to the same standards as new construction. | Visit the Development Requirements Page
All development in the Seabrook floodplain requires a permit per Chapter 38 of the Seabrook Code of Ordinances (revised November 18, 2016). Development includes, but is not limited to, all new construction, filling, grading, and paving. Substantially damaged or improved structures, where the cost of repair (regardless of the cause of damage) or improvements to a structure equals or exceeds 50% of the building’s (Improvement only not land value) market value, also require building permits and elevation certificates and are held to the same standards as new construction.
Elevation certificates are FEMA forms used to rate a structure for flood insurance purposes. They are also needed by the Seabrook Building Department to verify that a structure has been built in compliance with the floodplain ordinance and other regulations.
Being a coastal community almost surrounded by water, several homes and businesses are required to carry a flood insurance policy. The City of Seabrook stays up-to-date on current flood maps and legislation which can impact flood insurance rates.
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) issued by FEMA serve to delineate various flood risk levels. While primarily intended for flood insurance purposes, FIRMs also guide Seabrook in regulating development within these areas. Property location in specific flood zones determines the restrictions applicable to new and significantly improved construction. FEMA's Flood Insurance and Flood Maps resource provides details on the various flood zones.
Residents seeking flood protection assistance can access information through the Seabrook Building Department. This assistance encompasses site-specific flood and flood-related data, details on historical flooding in the neighborhood, and sources for financial aid. For comprehensive guidance, individuals can contact the Seabrook Building Department.
Ensuring the safety of Seabrook residents is of paramount importance. To enhance preparedness for storm events, it is crucial for citizens to understand the distinction between a flood watch and a flood warning. A flood watch indicates the possibility of flooding, while a flood warning signifies that flooding is imminent or already occurring. Staying informed about these alerts is essential for making timely and informed decisions during adverse weather conditions.
When choosing a contractor for home projects, exercise caution to avoid becoming a victim of scams.
- Disaster Scams
Floodplains play a vital role in the Harris County environment, offering various benefits to both human and natural systems. By comprehending and preserving the natural functions of floodplains, we can mitigate flood damage and safeguard resources. Floodplains function as storage and conveyance areas, diminishing flood velocities and peaks. Additionally, the soil and vegetation in floodplains enhance water quality by filtering out nutrients and impurities from runoff and processing organic wastes. Understanding and protecting these functions contribute to the overall resilience and sustainability of the environment.
Take proactive steps to safeguard your property from flood damage rather than waiting for an event to occur. Even if you haven't experienced flooding before, over the span of a 30-year mortgage, there's a 26% chance of flooding if your property is in a floodplain. Employ various retrofitting techniques, including elevating buildings, constructing barriers with fill or concrete, and flood-proofing to ensure water tightness. Given Seabrook's vulnerability to hurricanes and tropical storms, consider measures like storm shutters or reinforced garage doors to protect against high winds. Taking these precautions enhances resilience against potential flood and storm impacts.
Useful links and information pertaining to floodplain information for the City of Seabrook.
1100 Red Bluff Road
Seabrook, TX 77586
Assistant City Manager
Planning and Zoning Director
Code Enforcement Officers
- Alana Rohlfs
- Laura Power