What is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?

Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the computed elevation to which floodwater is expected to rise during the base flood. BFEs are shown on FIRMs and on the flood profiles. The BFE is the regulatory requirement for the elevation or floodproofing of structures. The relationship between the BFE and a structure's elevation determines the flood insurance premium. Read more about BFE.

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1. What is a floodplain?
2. What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)?
3. What is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
4. How do I know if I'm in a flood zone?