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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:00 pm

Property owners in northwest Lodi and much of Woodbridge may not require expensive flood insurance after all.

Lodi and San Joaquin County officials are working together to make minor repairs to berms and levees that they hope will convince the Federal Emergency Management Authority to remove the neighborhoods from high-risk status.

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7 comments:

  • posted at 5:25 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    I'm glad you climbed on your soapbox Tom Carlson - excellent posts.

     
  • posted at 4:25 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    But this is not a public protection issue. It is a tax issue, and FEMA likes the idea of tax and spend. We need to put every one of our elected officals on the spot about their plan to protect the citizens from this flood danger. And if their response is to tax us more or require expensive flood insurance, then those officials need to be voted out of office. Sorry for the long 3 posts. I will get off my soapbox now.

     
  • posted at 4:22 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    I asked Congressman McNerney at his Feb 22nd "town hall" to be our advocate against this FEMA tax. He tried to say it was a county issue. FEMA is a federal agency. If the issue is the levies don't protect us, why doesn't he go to Washington and grab one of those neat earmarks that seem to be handed out like candy and bring it back to fix the levies. Wouldn't public protection be a good use of those funds? Heck, I would vote for him if he brought a few tax $ home.

     
  • posted at 4:19 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    I applaude the county and city working together to shore up the levies. My issue is that the 100 year flood is a myth. Since Commanche was built, there is no possible 100 year flood. The only way the Mokolume floods is if the dam breaks or is improperly managed during the wet season. FEMA is a joke and there insurance is not insurance, but a tax to pay for the costs of the New Orleans federal welfare program operated by FEMA. Someone is going to pay for the unhealthy trailers down there.

     
  • posted at 3:26 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    It's good to see Lodi and Woodbridge taking a pro-active approach to this potential threat. Shoring up the levies, making sure the excess sediment is removed from the delta and rivers, having an area where flood waters can run to are all excellent *preventative* measures.

    There should also be some type of evacuation plan, in advance, to prevent chaos and maintain order. Those living near potential flood areas should definitely still purchase insurance; but this should be an option - a type of "buyer beware" in that if one chooses to live there, be prepared.

     
  • posted at 2:20 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    are these improvements to benefit General Mills or the residents? the flood water covers about 1/4 of General Mills property. What would Lodi do if they finally jumped ship and left? It does not bother me, i dont live in the effected areas. I would be surprised if FEMA approves the levee, if it only took $10,000 to fix up a levee other citys would do the same. But other cities have to put slurry walls in the levees and have maintenance records for it as well. that costs more that $10,000.

     
  • posted at 2:13 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.

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    So, after Lodi makes these 'minor repairs' to the berms and levees, what happens when there IS a flood? Since FEMA might be convinced to withdraw the insurance requirement, who is going to foot the bill? The taxpayers (again)?

     
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