Flood Management

View the current 100 and 500 year Flood Map (PDF) to see whether your property is affected. Portions of the City of Watsonville near the Pajaro River, Corralitos and Salsipuedes Creeks are located in Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) defined Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), also known as the 100 year flood plain. The City of Watsonville GIS Special Flood Hazard Area Mapping shows the neighborhoods located within the boundary of the SFHA. More information and base flood elevations are available by contacting Community Development Department Engineering Services at 831-768-3050.

View the River Monitoring System page for more information on the Pajaro River at Main Street, Salsipuedes Creek at Hwy 129, and Corralitos Creek at Green Valley Road.


Chapter 9.2, "Floodplain Management" of the City of Watsonville Municipal Code regulates development within the SFHA and describes special requirements for new construction and remodels and additions for development located in these areas.

National Flood Insurance Program

The City of Watsonville participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is sponsored by FEMA. Flood insurance is recommended for residents who live in the SFHA because most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available from local insurance brokers. FEMA contains additional information about the flood insurance program and emergency preparedness from floods and other natural disasters.

Flood Management Documents