Definitions for "Base Flood Elevation"
Keywords:  geodetic, bfe, datum, elevation, flood
The elevation shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Zones AE, AH, A1-A30, AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/A1-A30, AR/AH, AR/AO, V1-V30, and VE that indicates the water surface elevation resulting from a flood that has a one percent chance of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year.
BFE) - Elevation of the base flood in relation to a specified datum, such as the National Geodetic Vertical Datum or the North American Vertical Datum. The Base Flood Elevation is the basis of the insurance and floodplain management requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.
This is the elevation above the average sea level that waters from a 1% flood will reach at a given point along a creek or bayou. These elevations are determined using hydrology and hydraulic computer models and then these elevations are mapped on the topographic data for the county to produce the 1% floodplain. Back