Harbor Bay resident explores problem now facing homeowners citywide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released new floodplain maps that propose to place nearly 2,000 Alameda homes in a mapped 100-year floodplain for the first time.

The City of Alameda Public Works Department announced last week it will offer two public presentations on the newly released Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps for Alameda. 

Two meetings have been set, both take place at 7 p.m., the first on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Community of Harbor Bay Isle Homeowners Association, Poppy Room, ground floor, 3195 Mecartney Rd. The second meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., in the Council Chambers, on the third floor. 

$1.8 million to support staff costs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently informed the city that it is awarding a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant to the city. This funding will help the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) retain basic staffing levels and ensure adequate fire and emergency response availability to the community while not impacting the city’s General Fund, AFD stated in a press release. 

The City of Alameda released information this week on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) revised and finalized Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) within Alameda County. The changes may affect the floodplain designation of property owners in Alameda. The new maps become effective on Dec. 21 and have added approximately 2,000 parcels in Alameda to the Special Flood Hazard Area, commonly known as the 100-year floodplain. 


The issue of flooding stretches beyond Bay Farm and covers the entire city and the site of the former Naval Air Station. As mentioned in the lead article, about 2,000 parcels located throughout the city lie within the newly identified 100-year floodplain. “That means there is a 1 percent chance that in any one year these properties would experience flooding from extreme high tides and storm activity,” the city states on its website.