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.
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A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state’s landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.
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A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
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