Last year, here, I wrote about the possibility of FEMA updating their flood maps for San Mateo and Foster City and including Foster City into a flood zone. The maps came out last month and FEMA released preliminary drafts of revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for the entire County of San Mateo.
FEMA Has New Methodology
They have determined that a section of levee within the City of San Mateo does not meet FEMA’s requirements for adequate flood protection. Because of these changes in their methodology being used to generate flood plain data, the revised maps show all of Foster City to be in a Special Flood Hazard Zone, or Zone A.
Once upon a time, Foster City would have told San Mateo to go fix their own levees, but that was then and this is now, and Foster City is working hard to help San Mateo get their levees fixed. If this is done by the Spring of 2010, we will be saved from being placed into the flood zone. Foster City’s website has a great deal of information about this now.
The Man to Contact
Ray Towne, Foster City’s Public Work Director is the man to contact if you want more information. He can be reached at [email protected] or 650-286-3288.
If you are thinking about buying flood insurance now, there is a deep discount for you that will stay in effect should FEMA maintain that Foster City is in a flood zone, a subject I wrote about here. It’s worth consideration, just in case.