the Flood Zone
Resurveyed and Removed
by Ed Rast, Gary Jansen, Lisa Passal and others
The opportunity for flood redirection at Hervey Lane, summarized
by Ed Rast for San Jose Planning.
Opportunity at Hervey Lane to improve the flood zone situation...
Neighbors propose a letter to Councilmember Yeager.
Now that the Guadalupe River Project is largely complete, will your
flood insurance go down (or go away) anytime soon?
History and In-Depth
Some homeowners may be able to reduce their insurance burden by filing
an Elevation Certificate. This won't work, however, ifyou have a basement
(and your insurance company knows it) or your home construction occurred
after August 2, 1982.
Our problem may be increased by the old railroad embankment at Hervey Lane. Since this embankment is no longer needed or even wanted, we have an opportunity now to remove it... but we must act now, because a developer is now proposing to build homes on the embankment.
Second, we must organize and apply political pressure to get the flood zone resurveyed now. We're currently researching the best ways to do this, based on other cases like ours. We've started the snowball rolling by persuading the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association to send a letter to our elected representatives supporting the resurvey.
We may have an option to pool our resources and fund a resurvey privately - possibly in collaboration with the many Willow Glen homeowners south of us who are located in the same flood zone (approximately 4000 homes in all).
In the meantime, homeowners can file for an Elevation Certificate and take other steps that may reduce their insurance burden. But the true solution is to have our area resurveyed for flood hazard.