No, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has temporarily placed the City in a ‘seclusion zone’ status while the City makes progress to increase the height of the levee. Flood insurance is not presently required in Foster City. However, if the height of the levee is not increased, FEMA accreditation of the levee will be
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
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
Please visit the project homepage or the menu above for the project description, background, and links to documents and reports related to the Levee Improvements Project.
Measure P included fiscal accountability provisions. An independent citizens’ oversight committee ensures all funds are spent as promised on voter-approved projects, and all funds stay local to improve the Foster City levee system. No funds from the measure can be used for administrators’ salaries.
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 ($85 million were issued on August 5, 2020). The Measure P levy will start appearing on Foster City property tax bills starting this fall (2020) and will
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,
Although the levee has so far withstood storm/tide surge challenges, it is in need of critical upgrades and safety improvements. In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that Foster City’s levee system does not meet minimum requirements for flood protection. Further, in order to obtain the necessary permits to implement needed improvements, regional
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