More Than Half of Ross Valley Residents Say They Want Information about Flood Risks from Local Sources

Friday, May 11, 2018

(San Rafael, CA) – When Ross Valley residents want reliable information about flood risk, they go to local sources like town newsletters or the Marin Independent Journal ahead of the County of Marin, according to an online poll sponsored by Assemblymember Marc Levine.


“One thing seems clear,” said Assemblymember Levine, D-Marin County, “if you want to help Ross Valley residents educate themselves on disaster prevention, these local institutions need to be part of your outreach.”

Nearly two-thirds of the respondents lived through the 2005 flood, and a similar number said they had supported the flood fee adopted in 2007. More than half of the 205 respondents, however, believed they did not necessarily live in a flood-prone area.

When asked how they prepared for potential flooding, most residents said they had cleaned drains and gutters, and well over half said they had signed up for Nixle/Alert. Fewer residents reported cleaning creeks or filling sandbags.

"This survey highlights how important the work is that Assemblymember Levine, the Marin Independent Journal, and the County of Marin is to Ross Valley residents," said Kathleen Schaefer, Complex Systems Researcher at UC Davis, who analyzed the survey’s data. "It will be crucial for the county and its residents to maintain an open line of communication to ensure information is up-to-date and reaching its residents."

The quantitative survey and its findings can be accessed here.

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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.