It appears that all of Woodbridge will be exempt from being required to purchase costly flood control insurance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will most likely revise its flood-control map of San Joaquin County, now that developer Jeff Kirst has submitted topographical maps to FEMA.
In its final map, FEMA retained about 20 residential parcels in the Windwood subdivision between Woodbridge Road and the Mokelumne River in the flood plain, but when the map is finalized on Oct. 16, FEMA will most likely exempt the rest of Windwood from buying insurance, according to Kathy Schaefer, a FEMA regional engineer.
"We do agree with Mr. Kirst," Schaefer said. "The exact boundaries, the exact homes haven't been determined."
However, Schaefer recommends that everyone buy flood insurance in case the Mokelumne River overflows its banks.
The final FEMA map, due to be released on Oct. 16, will not reflect the changes in Windwood, but agency officials intend to file a "letter of map revision" reflecting the Windwood exemption, Schaefer said.