Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund a $2.6 million flood mitigation project grant to help more than 30 Sacramento County homeowners elevate their homes at least 18 inches above identified flood levels, making their homes safer from flood risk. Each project includes lifting the house from its old foundation, building a new foundation, constructing new stairs and entry decks, reconnecting the utilities, and ensuring that the final inspection and elevation certificate are completed.
In 1986, 1997, 2005, 2006, and 2017, many Sacramento County homes experienced repeated, widespread, and deep flooding that resulted in extensive damage. While many of the structures are in identified Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) on current FEMA flood maps, all were built before the first FEMA maps were produced. These homes were identified as eligible candidates for the grant since elevating the structures is the only viable option to prevent future flood damage.
The elevation program project is federally funded at 75 percent or $2.6 million and is dependent on a 25 percent cost share with the homeowner applicants of $860,000. In addition to providing up to 25 percent of project costs, each qualified homeowner will subcontract the project and submit plans for approval.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs.