Foster City maintains the levee along the Bayfront, surrounding the majority of the outer perimeter of the City. Foster City's Levee system is primarily designed for flood protection. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had previously certified (accredited) Foster City's levee in 2007 as providing protection from the 1-percent annual chance (base) flood. This means that most land within Foster City is classified as Zone X, where mandatory flood insurance is not required. FEMA has recently conducted a coastal flood hazard study which has determined that roughly 85% of Foster City's levee system does not meet FEMA requirements. Therefore, the levee will not retain accreditation status when the Flood Insurance Rate Map is updated in mid-2016. Unless changes are made to the levee system, the entire city will be placed in a flood zone designation that will require that property owners with Federally-backed loans obtain flood insurance and owners selling property in Foster City will be required to disclose the flood zone designation as part of the sale. The estimated cost for flood insurance is several thousand dollars per year per property.
Draft Environmental Impact Report
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Levee Protection Planning Improvement Project has been completed. The public review period for the DEIR begins on November 23, 2016 and ends on January 12, 2017.
Links to the Notice of Availability and the DEIR are below:
To learn more about the Levee Protection Planning and Improvements Project, including its benefits and impacts and how the levee protects your property and safety, please view the informational videos below.
The first video is a shorter version (5 minutes 13 seconds) and the second video is a longer version (7 minutes 33 seconds).
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