Stimulus to Fund Santa Maria Levee Repair

Walking Trails at Riverbed

Walking Trails at Riverbed

The Santa Maria Sun reports that local officials have secured an additional $6.7 million to repair the Santa Maria levee. Without repair, Santa Maria homeowners are faced with having to buy flood insurance. In its current state, the levee would not hold fast against a “once in a hundred years” severe flood and homes are at risk. This is great news as it brings santa Maria a step closer to repairing the levee and removing the threat of mandatory flood insurance on homeonwers. Flood insurance would greatly increase the cost of homeownership — edging monthly costs up as much as $160 at a time when budgets are already tight. Prior to securing these funds, I watched an interview with Mayor Lavagnino in which he speculated that the imposition of flood insurance might push even more homeowners in Santa Maria into foreclosure. Santa Maria has already been hard hit in by the housing boom and bust. If the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act is approved, the Army Core of Engineers will conduct the repair.

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tniright_logo1Tni LeBlanc, JD, M.A., e-PRO
Broker/Owner, Mint Properties
(805) 878-9879,

*Based on the information from the Central Coast Regional MLS. Neither the Association, the Multiple Listing Service, or Mint Properties guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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