Video takes a quick glance at flooding during several years beginning in 1862. Video created by David Caraccio Photos from Department of Water Resources and The Sacramento Bee
Video takes a quick glance at flooding during several years beginning in 1862. Video created by David Caraccio Photos from Department of Water Resources and The Sacramento Bee

Water & Drought

How deep could your home flood? See Sacramento’s ‘ultimate’ flood map

By Nathaniel Levine

nlevine@sacbee.com

August 30, 2017 01:04 PM

UPDATED September 01, 2017 07:39 AM

Sacramento’s network of levees and bypasses keep almost all of the city outside FEMA’s 100-year flood zone. That protection means that mortgage holders aren’t required to buy flood insurance, and residents who do purchase policies can get much lower rates.

But what if those levees weren’t there? Most of the city would be inundated in a 100-year flood, and flood waters could reach 10 feet or more in many areas. Because of the potential for levee failure, flood insurance is recommended in the shaded areas on this map.

 

‘Ultimate’ flood depths map

These are the “ultimate flood depths,” according to the City of Sacramento if there were no levees, or the levees failed:
 
Source: City of Sacramento

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