Bertrice Daw…, Both Buyer and Seller in Los Angeles, CA

What are the chances that the levee will break and wash the Westlake Community away?

Asked by Bertrice Dawson, Los Angeles, CA Thu Dec 31, 2009

? The state is broke and has no money for levee repairs. How much is flood insurance? Would like to move to Westlake but these are concerns.

Thanks, bmaree

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The reality is that everything built in Natomas in recent years is in a flood zone. There is a reason why this area north of downtown was never developed all these years until the great real estate boom years. Hungry for places to build new developments, developers pushed local government to open the area and after much struggle it was finally opened for development. Now it turns out the flood dangers were greater than the city and county let on and the federal government has raised issues. Legal maneuvering is keeping the cost of flood insurance lower than it should be, but the danger is there. Heavy insurnce coverage and back up funds to handle the large deductibles are a must.
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What is your time frame? There is a 100% chance that every dam and levee ever built will break sometime in the future if not well maintained. It may take 10,000 years, but that is a very valid concern. It would be safer to buy away from that area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 11, 2010
There is a quite a good chances that if levee breaks it can wash Westlake community.....but it has not happened in last 10-15 years or so .... and in 2006 there was red warning for flood but it did not happen and even this year it does not look too good. But you can go to Department of Water Resources on 9th and O street and ask them to make available all the public data related to flood in Natomas area or specific to Westlake community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 11, 2010
There should be engineers who check out the dams and levees every year or every few years. They would be from some state agency ( no idea which one). If you can find that state agency in charge of dams and levees you should be able to get the report saying if it is in good or bad shape. Your state representatives (like state house) should be able to help you find out this information.

I would also look for a projected flood damage zone if the levee did break. Some areas would not need flood insurance. Everyone there would be gone and not able to collect it. I would check to see if you can get federal flood insurance. It seems to be cheapest.

This may not have helped at all. I still have no idea about the actual question that was asked.
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