The Flood Elevation Program can provide up to 75% of the cost of raising a flood-prone residential structure above the 100-year flood level. The assistance is provided as a grant and the owner must provide the remaining 25% of the cost prior to the start of construction. Any residential structure in Sonoma County that has experienced flood damage may be eligible for assistance. Commission staff assist property owners in developing plans, obtaining permits, receiving bids from pre-screened contractors and managing the construction process. The CDC makes payments directly to the contractor after the work has been approved by the County building inspection department. The grant funds may be derived from various FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.
Once properties are approved for funding by FEMA, program staff assists owners in obtaining building plans for the project. After plans are approved by the local building department, the elevation projects is put out to bid to a list of Commission-approved contractors.
Construction follows four phases:
- Raising the structure above the flood level by a qualified house lifter.
- Installation of new perimeter concrete foundation, as needed.
- Construction of new supporting walls, lowering structure and reattaching.
- Completion of stairs, landings, finish trim and paint.