What is the Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
The Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the height of the water, in feet above sea level that has a 1% chance of occurring or being exceeded in any given year. The BFEs are shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and are used to determine the cost of flood insurance.

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1. FEMA is asking my insurance agent for documentation regarding my flood zone. Why and how do I respond?
2. Why do I have to pay flood insurance if my property has never been flooded?
3. How can I reduce the cost of my flood insurance?
4. How can I get my property out of the flood zone?
5. What is a Base Flood?
6. What is the Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
7. Does my home qualify for a grandfather flood insurance policy?
8. What is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
9. Will FEMA grant a LOMA for a detached garage if the garage floor is below the BFE but the building is wet-flood proofed?
10. Where can I obtain a copy of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)?
11. Who do I call if I have more questions about flood insurance?