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Flood Zone Resurvey
by Ed Rast
March 2003

Water District addresses resurvey issue

The Santa Clara Valley Water District discussed the 1% Flood zone resurvey at their Tuesday, March 18th meeting. According to Tony Estramera, one of their directors, the section by section resurvey proposal letters we submitted have been sent to staff and we should hear back in 3-4 weeks with the staff recommendation. He stated the resurvey was well supported by the board but they will have to coordinate with the City of San
Jose and review the staff report.

John Gibbs, who is President of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and also Don Gage's ( Santa Clara County Supervisor) Chief of Staff, told the WGNA board he contacted the Water Board today about the resurvey and informed them the WGNA supports the section resurvey. He will also bring up the diversion problem with the Union Pacific rail line from Minnesota to the Guadalupe River.

We have 2 Water District Directors supporting our efforts and I have been told they will talk to other directors about supporting the resurvey and UP rail line flood zone issue. The letter to Mayor Gonzales with copies to Congresswoman Zoe Lodger (who is also aware of the resurvey to include the UP rail) and the SCVWD is in draft form and will be sent after the water district's action to support the resurvey which will further build neighborhood and political support.

My original draft sent to NWGNA email list left out the following paragraph which has been added to the draft letter.

" The Union Pacific railroad line property between the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Hervey Lane going southeast to the Guadalupe River that was bought by a private developer in June 2002 for home development and will be part of Willow Glen's " Rails to Trails " project needs to addressed in both the building permit process and the floor control project as well as the since it is elevated 4 to 6 feet above the surrounding area acts as a flood diversion dam flooding the North Willow Glen area."

I am also meeting with the new San Jose Program Manager - Trail Coordinator for " Rails to Trails " - Yves Zsutty, from the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services in the next week to show him the UP rail line flood problem.

The WGNA web site will be adding the flood zone elevation certificate and instructions links to the web site soon further supporting the resurvey issue.

Thank you Lisa and Gary for your efforts on this issue together we will succeed.

Ed Rast

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