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Nueces County

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Nueces County was founded in 1846. The county is named for the Nueces River, which flows through the county.

As of 2010, the population of Nueces County is 340,223.

Nueces County receives annual rainfall averages of 30 inches. Hurricane Allen in August 1980 caused widespread flooding when the three-day rainfall totals exceeded 15 inches. In the summer and early fall of 1916 and 1919, torrential storms decimated parts of the city of Corpus Christi, instantly turning grand hotels and palatial homes into vacant lots. The storm in September 1919 was the greatest disaster to hit Corpus Christi during the 20th century.

Nueces County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in September 1972.

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.