Woodbridge residents learned last week that, effective Oct. 17, they will not be required to purchase expensive flood-control insurance. Nevertheless, federal authorities say it's still a good idea to protect yourself in case of a disastrous flood.
The announcement, first reported by the News-Sentinel in July, was made at last week's Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council meeting.
However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will require some property areas west of Woodbridge to Interstate 5 to purchase flood insurance.
Woodbridge and west Lodi residents became alarmed in January 2008, when FEMA announced that property owners would be required to purchase flood insurance after FEMA designated them as high-risk flood area.
Lodi, generally west of Lower Sacramento Road, got off the hook a few months later after the city provided FEMA with detailed elevation maps. But Woodbridge residents were left hanging a year longer as they waited for San Joaquin County officials to provide elevation studies and show FEMA that Woodbridge is high enough in elevation to be less likely to suffer major flood damage.
Nevertheless, FEMA officials still encourage property owners to purchase flood insurance to save them money during a catastrophe.
"It's definitely a personal decision on their part," Woodbridge MAC member Lita Wallach said. "There is no guarantee with Mother Nature."
Agricultural areas west of Lodi and Woodbridge that are in the flood zone are generally between Woodbridge and Kile roads.
Flood meeting ThursdayThe San Joaquin County Public Works Department will conduct a workshop on flood control issues countywide at Thursday's county Planning Commission meeting.
The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Health/Planning Auditorium, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
Source: San Joaquin County