Flood Classification for City of Foster City to Remain the Same Upon Certification of City of San Mateo Levee Improvements
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For Immediate Release: January 31, 2012
Contact: Sue Lee, Senior Civil Engineer, 650-286-3281

City of San Mateo completed their levee improvements in December 2011 and submitted documentation to FEMA for certification of the levees. Based on review of the submitted documentation, FEMA has requested additional documentation before the levees in San Mateo can be certified. Once the requested documentation is provided, FEMA will proceed with issuing the new DFIRM (Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map).

With the completion of the levee improvements in San Mateo and upon certification of the levees by FEMA, Foster City’s flood classification will remain as Zone X (areas protected by levees from 100-year flood; flood insurance is not mandatory). While flood insurance is not mandatory, FEMA does encourage the purchase of flood insurance by homeowners who live behind a levee.

FEMA is anticipating the new DFIRM for San Mateo County to be effective prior to the end of 2012.

The Flood Insurance Rate Map for the City of Foster City can be found at the following website: www.FEMA.gov under Map Service Center.

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