Flood Information

Floodplain Maps
FEMA has prepared a website with interactive maps to show the floodplain locations throughout the City and the Nation.  Click Here for a step by step PDF to determine  the location of the floodplain by your property.

The following are the type of FEMA floodplains within the City of Waxahachie:
1.  Zone AE - Detailed Study was performed and has the following information:
     a.  100-Year Floodplain (1% annual chance of flood) is shaded Blue.
     b.  Floodway (Not applicable to Waxahachie regulations) (hatched in red)
     c.  Base Flood Elevation (BFE).  Water elevation lines
2.  Zone X - Detailed Study was performed to establish the 500-year Floodplain (Shaded Orange)
3.  Zone A - Approximate 100-Year Floodplain.  A study was not performed and there may not be water elevations and the 500-year floodplain.  (Shaded Blue)
4.  Zone X (Unshaded) - Area outside of the 500-Year Floodplain within the detailed study limits.  However, there is still potential of flooding.

Residents of Waxahachie can also obtain information concerning flooding, and flood maps from the City Engineer located at City Hall or by calling 469-309-4293 or via email at jgaertner@waxahachie.com.

Flood safety
More people die each year from flooding than do from lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related. Protect yourself by following these tips:

  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to higher, safer ground, but stay tuned to reports of changing flood conditions.
  • If emergency officials tell you to evacuate or leave your home, go immediately to a safe shelter, hotel or relative’s house.
  • Turn of all utilities, gas and electricity at the main switch. Stay away from power lines and electrical lines. Be alert for gas leaks.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood related deaths. Currents can be deceptive; just six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than in any other location. Vehicles also push water into homes and cause additional property damage.

Flood Warning System
The Emergency Alert System will notify City of Waxahachie residents via local radio and TV, if flooding is imminent and if evacuation of the City is advised.

Additionally, the NOAA Weather Station Radio broadcasts weather information including warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information at 162.550 megahertz 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the National Weather Service Office in North Central Texas. The local contact number for National Weather Service Office is 817-429-2631. Please call in reference to evacuation notices, procedures and shelters.