Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $6.7 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Sacramento County to elevate 90 Woodside condominium units two feet above identified flood levels.
Located in 17 buildings with a history of flooding, completion of this project will reduce future flood and foundation damage to 62 first-floor units, which are immediately susceptible to flood damage, and 28 second-floor units at risk to be structurally compromised by moving floodwaters.
Each multi-family condominium building will be separated from its existing foundation using a system of steel I-beams and high-capacity jacks. While suspended on jacks, a new foundation will be constructed beneath. The structure will then be lowered onto the new foundation, with utilities, stairways, and decks reconnected and rebuilt to the new elevation height.
The $9 million project will be funded by $6.7 million from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), with the remaining $2.2 million covered by Cal OES and the Woodside Homeowners Association.
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.