The Hazard Mitigation Plan is more valuable now than ever.
If a project that could reduce the effects of a natural disaster has any chance of getting federal funding, it has to be in the plan. State and local budget cuts make federal dollars more important than ever. George Booth is with the Department of Water Resources. He says the projects are designed to save money in the long run.
BOOTH: "A house that floods five feet deep, if it happens pretty often, that can get awfully expensive to the National Flood Insurance Program. Whereas if you spend a little bit of money and elevate that house off its foundation up above the flood hazard, then it would not flood again and wouldn't cost the Flood Insurance Program again."
The plan will go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for final approval. But, before it goes, public feedback can be given at meetings scheduled in Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, and South Natomas this week.