Communities: Know the Risk

Willacy County

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Willacy County was founded in 1911 from portions of Cameron and Hidalgo counties and originally included what is now Kenedy County.

As of 2010, the population of Willacy County is 22,134.

Willacy County receives annual rainfall averages of 27 inches. Several historic storms affected the area. In September 1984, the county experienced the worst flooding since Hurricane Beulah in September 1967. An average of 20 inches of rain fell in a three-day period. The eye of hurricane Allen passed over Willacy County in August 1980.

Willacy County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in February 1984.

For more helpful information, look underResources 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.