What is the floodway?

Section 31.101 (N) of the City of Garland Code of Ordinances defines a floodway as the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base (100-year) flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation by more than one foot. Floodways are delineated on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). This area must be kept clear of fences, buildings, fill, or any other obstructions that could inhibit flood flows.

Section 31.104 of the Code of Ordinances specifies requirements for any proposed development within a floodway. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations for floodway development must be followed.

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1. What is a 100-year floodplain?
2. What is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
3. Am I required to carry flood insurance?
4. Is my home or business in the floodplain?
5. My mortgage company says my home or business is in the floodplain, but I disagree. What can be done to address this?
6. How do I obtain an Elevation Certificate?
7. When can I develop in the floodplain?
8. What is a Floodplain Development Permit?
9. What is the difference between FEMA designated zones A, AE, X (shaded), and X?
10. What is the floodway?
11. What is a LOMA, LOMR, LOMR-F, or CLOMR?