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Rajeev Batra, P.E.
Director of Public Works / City Engineer

Email: Public Works
Telephone: 408-615-3000
Fax: 408-985-7936

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A-12:00P, 1:00P-5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Contact Us

Rajeev Batra, P.E.
Director of Public Works / City Engineer

Email: Public Works
Telephone: 408-615-3000
Fax: 408-985-7936

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A-12:00P, 1:00P-5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Flood Protection Information

Floodplains
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates certain areas as Special Flood Hazard Areas, also called "100-year floodplains." A flood that has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year is called a “100-year flood.”  Floodplains are the areas along rivers or streams that have been or may be expected to be covered by a “100-year flood.” To find out whether your property lies within a floodplain, or for information on flood-related questions, call the City Planning Department at (408) 615-2450.

Flood Insurance
Most property insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding. However, because the City of Santa Clara participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), residents can purchase a separate flood insurance policy. This insurance is backed by the federal government and is available to anyone who has property in the City, even if it is not in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Property owners in the City located in the Special Flood Hazard Areas receive a 10% discount in the premium costs for NFIP policies issued or renewed. Homes and businesses located within Special Flood Hazard Areas are required to be covered by a flood insurance policy as a condition of federally funded financial assistance for purchase or construction of the building. Information about flood insurance can be obtained from your insurance agent, or by calling the NFIP customer service line at 1-800-427-4661 or visiting the FEMA website, Flood Insurance Information for Homeowners & Renters.

 

Information Sources
The current flood maps, also called the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and flood protection references are available at the Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., (408) 615-2900. The maps are also available at the City's Permit Center, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara. Any construction for flood-proofing a property requires a permit from the City's Building Inspection Division, (408) 615-2420. Forms for an Elevation Certificate are available at FEMA website, Elevation Certificate Form, and the City’s Planning Department, (408) 615-2450. Online flood information and FIRM maps can be viewed at FEMA website,  FEMA Map Service Center.  Online flood information can be also viewed at the City website, by typing “flood” in the search box.

24/7 Emergencies
To report life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. To report emergencies involving City electric, water and sewer utilities, storm drains, or flooding, call 615-5640. For information on sandbags call the City Corporation Yard at 615-3080. Up-to-date flood information during storms can be found on the Santa Clara Valley Water District website, Santa Clara Valley Water District website.  For recorded information call 1-888-HEY-NOAH (1-888-439-6624).

Flood Warning Program
When a flood may occur, the City will warn citizens through distribution of advisory notices and emergency officials will visit each neighborhood that is threatened. For more information about the City's flood warning and emergency response plan, contact the City's Emergency Services Coordinator in the City's Fire Department at (408) 615-4900.

Dumping Creates Flood Hazard

Dumping debris into storm drains can restrict water flow, creating a flood hazard, and results in additional expense to taxpayers. Furthermore, our Municipal Code prohibits the dumping of debris into the City's storm drain system.

Related Link
FloodSAFE Guidelines

External Links
Letter of Map Revision (link to FEMA Map service for City of Santa Clara area)
Santa Clara Valley Water District Flood Protection Information
Santa Clara Valley Water District Flood Protection Resources

Last updated: 6/24/2014 8:55:43 AM