Although the levee withstood storm/tide surge challenges, it was in need of critical upgrades and safety improvements. In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that Foster City’s levee system did not meet minimum requirements for flood protection. Further, in order to obtain the necessary permits to implement needed improvements, regional regulations say that construction must meet year 2050 sea level rise protection requirements. If no action was taken, the community would be at heightened flood risk and be designated as a flood zone.