Statewide Flood Management Planning Program

One In Five Californians Are Exposed To Flooding

Over the last 60 years, California has experienced more than 30 major flood events, resulting in more than 300 lives lost, more than 750 injuries and billions of dollars in disaster claims.

Today, more than 7 million Californians, or one in five, live in the 500-year floodplain, and approximately $580 billion in assets (crops, structures, and public infrastructure) are exposed to flooding. This estimate does not include the impacts of future development, population changes, climate change, or costs due to loss of major infrastructure and critical facilities, as well as losses to State commerce.

With many more structures per square mile in our urban areas, California would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major storm than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Flood disasters are an unfortunate reality in California, which is why DWR's Statewide Flood Management Planning (SFMP) program works with organizations across the State to develop flood management policies and guide financial investments to protect people and property from flooding.

California's Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State's Flood Risk, developed in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a comprehensive look at flooding throughout the State and makes recommendations for future actions to reduce flood risk.

California's Flood Future was developed as a companion plan to the California Water Plan Update 2013. To learn more about how California's Flood Future findings and recommendations are used, visit Flood in California Water Plan.

California's Flood Future was developed as a companion plan to the California Water Plan Update 2013. To learn more about how California's Flood Future findings and recommendations are used, visit Flood in California Water Plan.

California's Flood Future Highlights