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Galveston County

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Galveston County was founded in 1838.

As of the 2010, the population of Galveston County is 291,309.

Galveston County receives annual rainfall averages of 47 inches. Several historic storms affected the area. The devastating hurricane in September 1900 killed as many as 6,000 people and demolished more than half of the city of Galveston. Hurricane Carla significantly altered the county in September 1961 and Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston Island in September 2008, as the eye passed directly over the area.

Galveston County is located on the plains of the Texas Gulf Coast in the southeastern portion of the state. The county is bound on the northeast by Galveston Bay, and Clear Creek and Clear Lake on the northwest. Much of the county covers Galveston Bay and is bound to the south by the Galveston Seawall and beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Galveston County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in April 1971.

For flood insurance questions, call the NFIP Hotline - 1-800-621-3362.(press 2 for insurance)

For more helpful information, look under Resources and Related Links.

For mapping questions, contact the FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) – 1-877-336-2627

For flood insurance questions, call the NFIP Hotline - 1-800-621-3362.(press 2 for insurance)

Coastal Barrier Resources Systems are identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and can be viewed here.