In the three days after flood waters receded, Permit Sonoma staff conducted initial damage assessments on more than 2,000 properties in the lower Russian River area. Of the structures assessed, 35 have received red tags and 600 have received yellow tags.
With these initial damage assessments completed, six teams will return to affected areas Tuesday to further assess the damages. These teams are comprised of representatives from Permit Sonoma, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The teams will assess the extent of damages to homes and businesses, and the information captured will help in a request for federal assistance.
Teams will likely need to access private property and to speak to individuals to assess damage. Residents and business owners may be asked for permission to enter properties to verify the damages. The more data that can be captured to reflect the impact and need, the stronger the case will be when requesting assistance.
The information collected by these teams will help the State and Federal agencies determine if a federal disaster declaration is warranted, which may open up Individual Assistance to property owners. It is not typical for Sonoma County to receive Individual Assistance after floods.
Additionally, the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture is conducting an agricultural damage and/or loss survey to determine the extent and nature of losses due to the February 2019 flood. The types of damage and/or loss to be reported include loss of actual crop, damage to vines/trees, damage to land, damage to agricultural buildings, machinery, irrigation systems, loss of livestock/poultry, loss of milk production, cost of debris removal, etc. This survey is part of the County’s overall survey of the damage to our community due to this flood. We are attempting to gather as much information as possible on the damages to our agricultural producers due to this flood so that we can accurately report on these losses to State and Federal agencies who provide financial assistance.
To take the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture survey, please follow this link: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147571244
For information on flood tags and next steps, visit https://socoemergency.org/flood-tag-information/