Base flood elevation map. The ground elevation you entered is higher than the bfe which if correct means the ground would not be covered by the base 100 year flood at this location. What is my base flood elevation bfe. Bfe know your base flood elevation home perils floods bfe know your base flood elevation. By now you probably know that only flood insurance covers flood damage but you probably dont know all of the details.
The what is my bfe tool can help you compare the effective and revised fema flood hazard data available for your property. The bfe is the computed elevation to which flood waters are anticipated to rise during the base 1 percent annual chance flood event. The elevation certificate is an important administrative tool of the nfip and an important risk management tool for property owners with buildings currently classified within the sfha. Taking the mystery out of base flood elevation bfe calculations april 30 2009 abigail margelofsky.
Bfes typically rounded to the nearest whole foot are shown on the flood map for areas where a detailed study has been completed. The indiana floodplain information portal infip is a mapping application that provides floodplain information for waterways to help citizens determine flood risk in an effort to minimize flood damage. Here are a few of the more frequent flood related terms.