Not very often, and the proposed rate increase would help us keep it that way. Most years, Vallejo receives very little rain. But during El Nino years, we can experience heavy rains. Here are a few examples:
- In 2017, parts of Admiral Callaghan Lane, Curtola Parkway and Lake Herman Road were closed to give the stormwater system time to drain floodwaters.
- In 2014, a major storm dropped about 3 inches of rain on Vallejo in less than 48 hours. Parts of Couch Street and other areas were closed to give the stormwater system time to drain floodwaters.
- In 2006, a major flood caused an estimated $1.86 million worth of property damage in Vallejo before the stormwater system could catch up and drain the floodwaters.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about 6,262 Vallejo residents live in low-lying flood-prone areas. The commercial areas along Sonoma Blvd./Highway 29 and near White Slough are also in high-risk areas. The total property value of flood-prone buildings and their content is valued at more than $1 billion.