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 project manager for the downtown Sacramento Kings arena project says the massive construction project poses many challenges.
California ranchers are bouncing back after the drought forced many of them to sell their livestock last winter. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton talks to two ranchers she visited last year to see how they're doing.
More birds affected by a 'mystery goo' in the San Francisco Bay area have been released to the wild.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.
Thousands of wine enthusiasts are gathering in downtown Sacramento this week at the nation's largest wine and grape tradeshow. Experts highlighted "sustainability" as a growing trend in the industry.