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Old 03-12-2014, 03:27 PM
 
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We are planning to purchase a house in Saddleridge Bulverde. We heard of flooding in the area but are not sure if this community was affected. The lot is part of the floodplain ZONE AE on FEMA site. Wonder if anyone lives in this community could give us some insights. Should we purchase this house or not even it's in ZONE AE?
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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From the Bexar County Public Works website...

"Bexar County Infrastructure Services has all of the maps published by FEMA that delineate flood plains within Bexar County available for public viewing. Please call (210) 335-6700 to arrange this with a member of our staff. Dependent upon the specific floodplain and property(ies) being referenced, it is possible that the information can be related via telephone."
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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Saddleridge is in Comal County. I live about a mile north of Saddleridge, and while we did get an enormous amount of rain one night last October (7"+), we had zero effects. Our house is on top of a hill though. I walk and ride my bike throughout these neighborhoods daily, and my observations the following day were that unless the home is located in a runoff area, there would be little chance of water encroachment. That's to say the home would have to be located in a very low point, and there are very few homes located as such around here.

For example, my next door neighbor's house which is about 300' from mine is located near a runoff area, but the builder diverted the drainage to the side of the house. I had always thought that if we ever had one of these massive rains, that this home (which was built 10 years ago), would be as good a candidate as any to sustain encroachment. It didn't.

Water tends to move very fast around here because of the terrain both in terms of hills, and rock base. The only damage evident to me the next few days were to fences. With water rushing so fast, and carrying debris in the form of deadwood, the flotsam tended to build up on fence mesh, creating mini dams, and finally posts giving away to the weight.

We have lived in the area for 20 years, and experienced 3 such "100 year" floods, and have not seen evidence of any home damage north of Bulverde Rd (hwy 1863). Now it may be a different story a mile south, as that's where Cibolo Creek is. Saddle Ridge is in the hills though, so the rule of fast moving water applies.

Add to all this, the seller would have to disclose flooding, right?
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