Roseville Area Flood Resources Abound

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El Nino Is Here

I love living in Roseville CA. Even with our California Drought and Weather situation the past few years! And yes, I have been looking forward to El Nino and the rain it was anticipated to bring. Well, El Nino has arrived! Noisily, wetly, snowily, heavy! BUT also, off and on! That’s a VERY good thing. If it was non-stop steady rain for days on end, THAT would/could be a concern.

Then the ground wouldn’t have time to soak up one batch of rain before another arrives. And then the concerns for flooding would start overweighing the joys of all the rain fighting our long-running California drought here in the Roseville Sacramento area and beyond. So far, it’s been great! A day or two of rain, then a day off – like today. Tomorrow, we expect more, but in the next day or two¬†there will hopefully be another break. Needless to say, I’m praying for this pattern to continue all season long! ¬†I’ve seen an article or two that hints El Nino may have already peaked. Only time will tell. But, being a person who likes to be prepared, I thought I would share some useful info in case the rain becomes a bit more! Information and resources like¬†the history of flooding in our Sacramento Roseville area, flood monitoring¬†websites, weather resources, and¬†how to prepare for possible flooding. That’s useful information to have even if it’s NOT an El Nino year. ūüôā

Flood and El Nino History for Roseville and Greater Sacramento CA Area

First a bit of history – both personal and area-wise. We moved here in late 1994. In 1995, our Sacramento area experienced days of major rainfall which led to flooding in many areas . We were shocked, but as the video above wisely points out, ANYONE and ANY AREA can experience flooding! Over 300 homes in Roseville CA were flooded.

It was bad enough that after it was over the President of the United States flew in to survey the damage. Many discovered that when flood insurance is optional, too many people do not get it who perhaps should. Our city has a great rain-measuring site that played on the cable channel non-stop during the rain. Yes, I was one of many who was frequently glued to that channel. Here are some interesting links to give you all sorts of information about the flooding we experienced in Roseville and the great Sacramento area as well as some of the history and plans for our lovely creeks that meander so beautifully throughout Roseville (the dates at the end of some of the titles refer to the publication date):

Resources Dealing with Flooding in the Sacramento – Roseville CA Area

Here are some of the resources available to learn about or even monitor what’s happening in our area. The first item on the list – Roseville Flood Alert System is the online version of what I used to watch on cable TV. You can see it in the graphic above from my Pinterest board ¬†Natural Disasters – it’s in the the top row, the middle picture. ūüôā

The next two items – Flood Management for Placer and Sacramento Counties – are from the “California Department of Water Resources (DWR) which has updated the Best Available Maps to display the latest floodplains in a web viewer located at With this viewer, DWR has expanded the floodplains to cover all counties in the State and to include 500-year floodplains.” You can view the 100-year, 200-year, and 500-year floodplains¬†using their viewer. It¬†allows you¬†to view a particular area, identify their potential flood hazards, and even print a floodplain map.

Know Your Line – National Flood Awareness Program

Know The Line to mark for floods in Califronia via Kaye Swain REALTOR public domain


Preparing for Flooding

Could the Folsom Dam impact Roseville CA in the event of a dam failure? That concern does exist. The City of Roseville has a plan in place dealing with it. You can read it by clicking here. In the meantime, being prepared for a natural (or unnatural) disaster is ALWAYS wise – be it earthquake, fires, floods, zombies, etc. (Yes, I admit it. I’m NOT a big zombie fan but I DO love the CDC¬†zombie prep campaign as it’s a fun way to remind everyone to get prepared for anything. ūüôā

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger shares Folsom Dam public domain photo

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance can definitely be wise whether you have an old historic home, a newer home, or even one of the many lovely new construction homes in our area. Every year homes get flooded all around the country and the consistent themes we¬†often hear, “we weren’t in a flood zone” and “we never thought it could happen to us.” Do I have flood insurance? Not currently. But I’m definitely checking into it after researching all this. ūüėȬ†Click here to read the basic facts about flood insurance, including the important point that most of the time there is a 30-day waiting period before it takes effect! And take a look at this interactive video to help you calculate the costs. It was definitely an eye-opener! The photo below shows the estimate costs if a 2,000 square foot home has a 3 inch flood. CLICK HERE or on the picture to go to the actual calculator and try your own specifications.

Flood Preparation and Special Needs – Elderly

12 Tips to Prepare the Elderly for Disasters

Flood Preparation and Special Needs – Children

West Sacramento has a great little video of their flood preparation last year along with a really cute online game. And it ain’t a “piece of cake!” ūüôā The first part requires clicking only the yellow pages to fill their emergency binder. It’s not as easy as it seems. But it is fun. Second step – pack a go bag (those are not just for cute dogs ūüėČ ). ¬†Again, it was a challenge. HINT – don’t overlap items like socks. Third – is a Tretris-style game which I have ALWAYS been bad at and this was no exception. But I’m betting several of my grandkids could figure it out eventually. Your children¬†and grandchildren can have fun with this AND be learning important flood and other disaster preparation tips at the same time.

Flood Preparation and Special Needs – Pets

I put my cute dog picture with his little “Go-Bag” to work again with these Cal OES evacuation tips for pet owners. Many of these tips are true for more than just a flood.

Here are more great tips and resources to help keep your beloved pets safe in the event of a El Nino flood or other disaster.

The Roseville Sacramento Area is GREAT

WHEW! That’s a LOT of resources. AND that’s¬†another reason I LOVE living in the Roseville Sacramento area of California. We are blessed with many proactive agencies staffed with great people who are working hard to help us stay safe in the event of an emergency. For example, “The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP to provide protection from flooding.” I am SO PROUD of ROSEVILLE CA!!! ¬†They were the FIRST to achieve the CRS Class¬†1 Community. Not only that… “More than 1,200 communities from all 50 states participate in the Community Rating System (CRS). As of Fall, 2015, ROSEVILLE, CA is¬†the ONLY¬†CRS Class 1 community. More than 70 communities have a CRS Class 5 or better ranking, meaning premiums for residents in high-risk areas are reduced by at least 25 percent.” KUDOS to Roseville CA for their hard work on this AND that it saves us money!

Of course, we hope no disasters¬†will ever happen from El Nino or any other cause. But the reality is, emergencies can happen ANYWHERE at ANYTIME. So it’s always good to be prepared. But the really nice thing is that, in general, we live in a great area with a lot fewer disasters than most places. Earthquakes are rare here. Floods are usually isolated. Tornados are also rare and usually pretty small. I have never seen a hurricane here. ūüôā In fact, most of the not-so-fun happenings are in isolated¬†areas. Even our flooding in 1995 was in a few specific neighborhoods – not the whole cities. So again, let’s be prepared. But aren’t we glad we can all enjoy this beautiful area, full of intriguing¬†walking trails, fun parks, great neighbors, lovely vistas, and YES, those delightful streams and creeks.


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