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Flood Management

3310 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 219000
Sacramento, CA 95821-9000

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Flood Management


Announcements

DWR Produces New Advisory Floodplain Maps

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released new advisory floodplain maps for Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley cities and counties.

DWR is hosting preseason flood coordination meetings this fall throughout California

The Department of Water Resources is hosting preseason flood coordination meetings in September and October at various locations throughout the state. Flood managers, flood agencies, and emergency responders are invited to join us to share information about flood response and resources for this winter. Dates and times for these meetings are available in this flyer (PDF: 670 KB).

DWR Produces New Advisory Floodplain Maps

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released new advisory floodplain maps for Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley cities and counties.

Local Agency Reporting Requirements

Additions to the California Water Code include requirements for local levee maintaining agencies (Local Agencies) to submit to DWR, by September 30 each year, specific information relative to the Project Levees they operate and maintain. For more information, see the AB 156 fact sheet. (PDF: 1.7MB)
 

The Department of Water Resources established the Division of Flood Management in November 1977, though flood forecasting and flood operations have been integral functions of the Department and its preceding agencies for about a century. The Department itself was created following severe flooding across Northern California in December 1955.

Today, the functions of statewide flood forecasting, flood operations, and other key flood emergency response activities are the primary missions of the Division's Hydrology and Flood Operations Office. Other components of the Division include the Delta-Suisun Marsh Office, the Flood Projects Office, the Levee Repairs and Floodplain Management Office, and the Flood Maintenance Office.

The Division of Flood Management, among several others, is carrying out the work of the Department's FloodSAFE California Program which partners with local, regional, state, tribal, and federal officials in creating sustainable, integrated flood management and emergency response systems throughout California.

1955:  The flood that led to the creation of the Department of Water Resources.

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