Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $2.2 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Sonoma County to help 10 homeowners elevate their homes to protect from perennial flooding.
Homes identified for elevation have experienced years of widespread flooding that resulted in extensive damage on various occasions. Current FEMA flood maps show many of the structures in Special Flood Hazard Areas, but some were built before the maps existed. Today, elevating the structures is the only viable option to prevent future flood damage.
Each project will lift the home from its foundation by at least a foot above identified flood levels, build a new foundation, construct new stairs and entry decks, reconnect the utilities, and ensure the final inspection and elevation certificate are completed.
The $2.9 million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project will be funded by a $2.2 million grant from FEMA, with non-federal sources covering the $733,000 balance.
FEMA’s HMGP 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. In the past 30 years, FEMA has invested more than $1.3 billion to reduce disaster risk in California.