Background and Purpose

What is the current status of Foster City’s flood hazard classification according to FEMA?

The FEMA seclusion zone designation is ‘indefinite.’ However, in February 2024, the City submitted a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) request with supporting documentation based on the as-constructed levee system that asks FEMA to return the flood hazard classification within Foster City limits to moderate risk – Zone X Protected by Levee. This process may

2024-02-29T12:42:06-08:00February 28th, 2024|

Have other cities in the San Francisco Bay Area successfully challenged FEMA’s coastal analyses to determine flood zones?

Other municipalities have unsuccessfully challenged the scientific basis behind hydrodynamic and wave modeling studies FEMA used to determine flood hazards applicable in San Mateo and Foster City. Cities and agencies that have lost their appeals against FEMA’s San Francisco Bay coastal analysis include the City of Alameda, the City of Belvedere, the City of Redwood

2021-03-02T09:53:17-08:00February 11th, 2021|

Is Foster City coordinating with neighboring cities (San Mateo, Belmont, Redwood City) about improvements to their levees?

Our focus is on protecting the Foster City community, and we are in communication with neighboring communities around the common goal of flood protection. Other jurisdictions are in various stages of addressing this need. Foster City is leading the way in implementing these improvements, thanks to the foresight of our community members, who approved Measure

2021-03-02T09:45:19-08:00January 21st, 2021|

How is the project funded?

Foster City voters passed the Levee Improvement Bond Measure P in 2018, authorizing the City to issue $90 million in general obligation bonds to fund these critical levee improvements. The Measure P levy will start appearing on Foster City property tax bills starting this fall (2020) and will continue for 30 years. The first-year rate

2023-03-10T17:09:35-08:00January 21st, 2021|

What are the benefits of this project?

The project will maintain FEMA accreditation of the levee and protect Foster City homes, schools, businesses, and essential City services and infrastructure during storms and high tides, and from future sea level rise. The improved levee will be more resistant to earthquake damage, and will prevent FEMA designation of the City as a flood zone,

2024-05-09T17:09:48-07:00January 21st, 2021|

Why are these levee improvements needed?

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

2024-02-28T16:48:51-08:00January 21st, 2021|

What is the Foster City Levee Improvements Project?

The Foster City Levee, owned and maintained by the City, surrounds the majority of the outer bay-front perimeter of the City to provide flood protection. The Levee Improvements Project is the largest public works project in the City’s history and will structurally and aesthetically improve and enhance the levee. The project will increase the height

2021-03-02T09:43:27-08:00January 21st, 2021|
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