FEMA Proposes New Flood Hazard Map for Placer County

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PLACER COUNTY -- In January, 1995, 10 inches of rain fell over an 11 day period. Dozens of residents in Roseville were caught off guard, as flood waters entered their homes.

"Garage, some places were like 4 feet, the house was 3 feet, and this corner it was 4 feet," Roseville resident, Tommie Wertenberger said.

Wertenberger has lived on Wendy Court in Roseville for the last forty years. Her home flooded during the 1995 storm, and she has been paying for it ever since.

"I don't know why we didn't move, but we didn't," she said.

At the time, all she had was homeowners insurance.
Not flood insurance, which she paid a high amount for after the damage was done. But now, things are about to change.

"Just made it. Well, maybe me rates will go down," Wertenberger said.

Placer County and FEMA have released a draft of their new flood zone map.

"People can now zoom in and zoom out to see exactly where their property is," Ken Grehm, Director of Placer County Public works and Facilities said.

This upgraded interactive map now shows Wertenberger's home in the orange section, meaning she is now in a low risk zone.

After the 1995 flooding, the city of Roseville implemented a flood control plan that included beefing up levees, clearing creek beds to prevent back-ups, and replacing culverts.

Placer County is one of the most prepared municipalities in the nation.

The City of Roseville ranks the highest prepared -- so the federal government subsidizes flood insurance up to 45 percent.

Other Placer County residents also get a 25 percent discount.

But not everyone is as lucky as she is. Just take a few steps onto Trimble Way.

Everyone who lives on this street is now in the high risk zone. According to Placer County, this location has seen erosion and increased land use.

The light blue sections on the map are high risk zones. This means, homeowners in those areas, now have a 1 percent chance of flooding each year, and a 26 percent chance of flooding over the life of a 30 year mortgage.

"They're now going to have a better tool to see what is their risk. Whether the news is good or no so good, we want people to be prepared," Grehm said.

After hearing the news, Wertenberger said she will be calling her insurance agent immediately to change her policy.

Meeting Details:
June 16, 5-7 p.m.
Maidu Community Center
1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, CA 95661

June 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Auburn City Hall, Rose Room
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Olympic Valley
June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Squaw Valley Public Service District
305 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

June 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rocklin Event Center 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677

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