Fifty-two miles of levees surround West Sacramento, protecting residents and businesses from major flood events along the Sacramento River and the Yolo and Sacramento Bypasses. It’s critical that West Sacramento remain prepared for a flood, even during a drought. So what can you do to prepare for a flood? It’s simple: Plan. Pack. Protect.
Make a plan for you and your family to be prepared in the event of a flood, or any other emergency. Pack an emergency kit in case you’re evacuated or stranded. And don’t forget to protect your home and property with valuable flood insurance. Remember, high water events aren’t the only cause of flooding. Storms can overwhelm City drainage systems causing localized flooding. No matter the source, flood water damage to your home can be devastating.
Because most of West Sacramento isn’t mapped in a special flood hazard area, flood insurance is voluntary and rates are still relatively low. Purchasing flood insurance now means your property is protected and your policy won’t break the bank. The federal government is changing the way flood insurance costs are determined. For more information about flood insurance, go to WestSacFloodProtect.com/Preparedness or FEMA.gov.
We’ve been hard at work reducing flood risk in West Sacramento. For the past few years, the City of West Sacramento and West Sac Flood Protect have partnered with the State to improve levees around the City. So far, we’ve completed projects in the Rivers district, near the I Street Bridge and by the CHP Academy. Now the focus is on the Southport community. The Southport Levee Improvement Project will improve nearly six miles of the City’s most vulnerable levee system. Project plans are nearing completion and we’re preparing for construction later this year.
Looking for the latest on flood protection efforts in West Sacramento? Check out WestSacFloodProtect.com for information on the City’s flood preparedness efforts, including: levee improvement projects, emergency information and tips for your family to be prepared in case of a flood emergency.