City Hopes For Break On Natomas Building Rules

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reclassifying Natomas as a Special Flood Hazard Zone after studies showed that levees in the area are at risk.

But Sacramento city officials say FEMA shouldn’t impose building restrictions since work is just about to start on bolstering the levees to 200-year flood protection. Dave Brent is with the city’s Utilities Department. 

"FEMA has various flood zones that take into consideration where you are in regards to restoring your flood protection. And this one that we’re applying for basically gives credit for existing work and ongoing work."

Brent is recommending that city council members approve a resolution Thursday asking FEMA for permission to keep building in Natomas.