Flood Risk Notices Sent to Thousands of Californians

September 1, 2012
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This past week, 275,000 California property owners have received notices from water officials warning them they may be at risk of flooding and should prepare. The Department of Water Resources sent these notices specifically to residential, commercial, and other property owners in 17 counties, who live near or in the levees of California’s Central Valley.

levee is an embankment that is an elongated natural or artificial ridge fill or wall, which regulates water levels. It is usually earthen and often parallel to the course of a river in its floodplain or along low-lying coastlines.

The Central Valley levees are important to California overall because they protect our agricultural economy, farmlands, homes, and our state’s fresh water supply.  Over 100 years of time, these levees have become fragile and if an earthquake were to hit, these levees would release the water.  As a result of a major flood, homes and farmlands would be completely destroyed, and the saltwater from San Francisco Bay will pollute our fresh water supply.

California passed a bond last November to repair the levees, yet these efforts do not prepare for another major earthquake. California has been seeing many earthquakes recently, so the levees could be damaged and broken prior than expected.

The notices that were received suggest property owners should have an emergency action plan and consider flood insurance. The levees can also overflow in the case of a large storm caused by climate change and a rise in sea level.

Until the levees are repaired, it’s best to be prepared. Californians everywhere, not just the Central Valley, should be ready for the next disaster. If there’s an earthquake, flood, fire, or the depletion of our fresh water supply because of broken levees, we should be prepared.

An emergency action plan needs to be in place for you and your family, as well as have the proper coverage. Some homes and families do not have coverage for flood, fire, or earthquake damage to their properties. If you need coverage, or need to add coverage to your existing policy, Alandale Insurance Agency can help! Call us at (888) 854-4501.

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