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.
About 2,000 people are expected to help remove trash along Sacramento's American River Parkway this Saturday. The Great American River Cleanup is part of Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest annual volunteer event held in mid-September.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today added an historic Amador County gold mine to the list of the nation's worst toxic sites. Argonaut Mine is located west of downtown Jackson. It operated from the 1850s to the early 1940s.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur is burning in a rugged area that hasn't "seen fire in decades." The wildfire is 45 percent contained at 57,500 acres.