Sammie Batton lives near Franklin Blvd and Cosumnes River Blvd. He's been paying flood insurance since 1998.
"They called and told me I was in a flood zone and I would have to pay flood insurance," he says. "That was 12 years after I had been living there. I wasn't too happy about it, naturally."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says almost everyone who lives between Franklin Boulevard and Morrison Creek and north of Strawberry Creek now has 100-year flood protection.
The flood insurance costs about $1,000 dollars per year and will no longer be required as of May 12. People may buy a Preferred Risk Policy that provides the same insurance for about $420.
Marshall Marik with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says unusual obstacles extended the construction of one of the projects to two years.
"The engineering involved in working around a gas transmission pipeline," he says "and also the interface required to get real estate rights on Union Pacific Railroad property caused that to be the last piece that needed to be constructed to make this a complete project.
The Army Corps built a 3300-foot flood wall on Morrison Creek. The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency lined about a mile-and-a-half of Unionhouse Creek with concrete.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.