Survey Finds Residents Not Prepared For Flood

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 10, 2006

According to the poll released today by Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research, 50% of the people questioned have no evacuation plan, only 19% have flood insurance and 10% don’t know whether they live in flood-prone areas.

Sacramento resident Steve Lewis and his family live in a flood plain, or at least he thinks they do.

"I mean, I live a block from the river so I’m assuming it is."

And does his family have an evacuation plan?

"No we don’t. I probably have thought about it, we just haven’t done anything about it."

Sacramento State professor Amy Liu who lead the survey says that’s not surprising.

"Unfortunately what we found out is, the Sacramento region is not prepared for the big flood."

The telephone survey of randomly selected households was taken between February 4th and March 5th.

"In the middle of it, our governor declared a state of emergency for the levee system on February 24th."

She says Governor Schwarzenegger’s declaration actually helped make people more aware of the local flood risk. 54% now view flood protection as a big concern compared to 38% before the governor’s announcement.