The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of revising the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Panels because the Wildcat and San Pablo Creek levees are not in full compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. Therefore, the delineation of the floodplain boundary of the “100-year flood” for certain locations in the City of Richmond will be revised.
This floodplain map is important for property owners in affected areas as it changes flood insurance requirements. The affected areas include Wildcat Creek, from approximately 1,900 feet downstream of Richmond Parkway to approximately 600 feet downstream of 3rd Street and San Pablo Creek, from approximately 1,400 feet downstream of the North Richmond Bypass Bridge to just downstream of 3rd Street in the Unincorporated Areas of Contra Costa County.
Public notices of the proposed floodplain boundary modifications were published in the Richmond Post and West Contra Costa Times on October 27, 2010.
The Preliminary DFIRM Panels are available for inspection at the City of Richmond, Engineering Services Department and Contra Costa County. During the 90-day comment period, which ends on January 25, 2011, any person in the community may comment on the proposed floodplain delineations. These comments must be submitted to FEMA by the end of the 90 days and all comments must be received by the City of Richmond Engineering Services Department by January 18, 2011. All comments will be considered before FEMA makes its final determination at the end of the comment period.