Report Shows State's Significant Exposure To Flood Risk

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On April 3, 2013, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the public draft of California's Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State's Flood Risk. The draft report finds that $580 billion in assets are exposed to flood risk throughout the state, and 7 million Californians live in a floodplain. The report finds California is at catastrophic risk for devastating floods and flooding is a statewide problem.

The report includes seven strategic recommendations intended to inform local, state, and federal decisions about flood management policies and financial investments:
1) Conduct regional flood risk assessments to better understand statewide flood risk;

2) Increase public and policymaker awareness about flood risks to facilitate informed decisions;

3) Increase support for flood emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs to reduce flood impacts;

4) Encourage land use planning practices that reduce the consequences of flooding;

5) Implement flood management from regional, system-wide and statewide perspectives to provide multiple benefits;

6) Increase collaboration among public agencies to improve flood management planning, policies and investments; and

7) Establish sufficient and stable funding mechanisms to reduce flood risk.

The report is available through DWR's website. There is a 45-day public comment period for the draft report.

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