90 percent of all natural disasters in California are flood related. All rivers and creeks have floodplains that flood on a regular basis. This flooding is natural and serves a beneficial function. Unfortunately, floodplains have also been a prime area for development. As a result, many homes and other structures are currently in danger of flooding.
Floods in this area often occur with little or no warning. However, by being aware of your flood risk, you can prepare ahead of time to save lives and property.
Flooding in our area are from many different sources:
- Backed up creeks that overflow
- Drainage inlets / pipes may become blocked
- Heavy rainfall that overwhelms our storm drains or creeks
- Levies that break as a result of high tides, heavy rainfall, or rapid snowmelt
Floodwaters can damage cover many blocks to a depth of several feet.