The floodplain maps alongside Rohner and Hillside Creeks in Fortuna have been revised and plenty of property house owners now may have decrease flood insurance coverage premiums or is probably not required to have flood insurance coverage in any respect.
The multi-phase Rohner and Hillside Creek Flood Management Undertaking was accomplished in 2020, and since then native representatives have been working with the Federal Emergency Administration Company on the revision of the floodplain maps. The revised maps had been finalized on Sept. 3.
Roughly 150 property house owners are affected and every has obtained a letter from the town to elucidate what the brand new maps imply. Every letter features a comparability of outdated and new maps because it applies to every particular person property.
The letter says the up to date flood maps point out flood danger has been lowered throughout the Rohner Creek and Hillside Creek watersheds. The high-risk flood space has been lowered to throughout the channel banks. This property is now in a low or medium-risk space and flood insurance coverage premiums would possibly lower otherwise you may not be required to hold a coverage. This doesn’t imply you might be in danger anymore; it signifies that the danger is decrease.
Fortuna Metropolis Supervisor Merritt Perry stated the revised floodplain maps have been a very long time coming.
“It’s uncommon for a metropolis the dimensions of Fortuna to tackle a venture of this magnitude and efficiently petition FEMA to remap the floodplain,” Perry stated. “This effort took 10 years and $10 million to finish and can scale back the flood danger for a lot of householders.”
Perry stated most of the property house owners will understand a big discount in flood insurance coverage prices and plenty of may not be required to hold flood insurance coverage.
The precise space the place the floodplain maps are revised is alongside Rohner and Hillside Creeks inside metropolis limits, between 12th Road and Rohnerville Highway.
Not solely did the venture end in lowered flood danger, however it additionally included stream enhancement for habitat enchancment. Enhancements included putting in concrete weirs and new culverts for fish passage and restoring the pure steams channels of each creeks.
“We had an unbelievable staff of engineers and contractors over the lifetime of this venture that actually helped with its success and full it inside funds,” Perry stated. “That coupled with the cooperation of many owners (and companies) made a really doubtlessly troublesome venture a lot simpler than it may have in any other case been.”
A lot of the venture was grant-funded together with funding from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the California Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Restoration Grant program, and Metropolis of Fortuna Measure E.