Project Outreach

North Shoreview Levee and Pump Station Improvement Project status

Our Public Works staff worked throughout 2018 and 2019 to obtain approval from the multiple regulatory stakeholders necessary to construct the levee and pump station. Click here to read the most recent updates. 

New Homes Entering "High Risk" Zones in April 2019

In 2018, FEMA performed a coastal study and released a preliminary map which became effective as of April 5, 2019. An estimated additional 176 additional addresses could be added to the high-risk zone, although FEMA is still in the appeal resolution stage of releasing the map. View the current (2019) FEMA Flood Zone Map to see which additional areas may be affected in the North Central neighborhood, highlighted in red.  For more information, read the following informational handouts: Fact Sheet for Properties Newly Mapped Into-High Risk Areas and Map Changes & Flood Insurance: What Property Owners Need to Know.

Formation of North Shoreview Assessment District

In March 2018, City Council approved the formation of the North Shoreview Assessment District to fund a portion of levee and pump station improvements. This project, when construction is complete, is anticipated to revise the flood map and remove the newly-added areas above. In the meantime, property owners in the flood plain must still carry flood insurance.  For any questions regarding the North Shoreview Flood Improvements assessment district, call Public Works at 650-522-7300 or email:


Informational Open House - November 2015

The City of San Mateo organized an informational open houses for the two areas that were added to the flood zone with the July 2015 map release. The areas around 20th Ave & Palm, and E. Hillsdale were invited to attend and receive information from several booths. Representatives from FEMA attended to provide information about insurance rates. City staff explained the flood zone areas and any building code changes residents should expect since they are now within a high risk flood zone. The meeting was held on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at the San Mateo Police Station.

FEMA Issues Revised Map for San Mateo - July 2015

The current map shows flooding hazards associated with a storm event that would cause tidal flooding as well as flood that may occur due to residual interior flooding of Laurel Creek. With the 2015 map release, approximately 110 homes west of El Camino Real, along Hillsdale Blvd. were removed. This map shows which properties have been removed, as of July 16, 2015.