The elevation of surface water resulting from a flood that has a 1- percent (1%) chance of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year. The BFE is 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. (https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/definitions)

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