COVID-19 (coronavirus) Announcements
As you are aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, including within the United States. There are confirmed cases within Fresno County, and cases in the neighboring counties of Tulare and Madera. The District is committed to doing its part to keep employees and the community safe, and will make changes to the way it does business based upon changing community conditions. Updates to what we do, how we do it, and where we do it from, will be posted here over the next several weeks. Until further notice, meetings of the Board of Directors will be conducted via conference call. Details here.
Message from the General Manager, 3/19/20:
Partner Agencies, Developers, Contractors and Constituents,
In response to changing conditions related to the spread of COVID-19 and the need to self-isolate and “shelter-in-place” as directed by local and State government, effective Thursday March 19, 2020, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Protocols are in place to receive and transmit items to continue with our regular business functions.
The agency is continuing to provide the essential services that we are responsible for. If you require assistance or need to drop off plans, pay fees or take out permits, please call ahead for directions or to make an appointment. We can be reached at (559) 456-3292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District is also reducing the number of staff members at the office. Should you need to contact a specific staff member, please call the main number (559) 456-3292 and the receptionist will direct your call appropriately. Should you need assistance after hours the main number will direct you to an emergency number or to leave a message, which will be returned the next business day.
The District’s basin parks are closed for the foreseeable future. Please refer to our Website (www.fresnofloodcontrol.org) or Facebook page for additional information and updates.
Thank you for your understanding during this time of unprecedented concern. We remain committed to our community, but are taking precautions to prioritize the protection of our staff during this uncertain time period.
COVID-19 Information Resources
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- EPA-Registered Disinfectants
- Handouts and Posters
- Johns Hopkins COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Cases Map
- Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
- Additional Cleaning Guidelines
About Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District provides flood control and urban storm water services in a 399-square mile watershed located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers. The District is home to roughly 690,000 people and includes both urban and agricultural land uses. The Fresno/Clovis urban area is served by a system of roughly 700 miles of pipeline and more than 150 stormwater retention basins. Capital facilities are funded through local development ordinances and operations are funded through a limited voter authorized tax. The District also provides Clean Water Act compliance assistance to businesses and industries that are subject to stormwater related regulations.
A completed system of stormwater management facilities providing multiple quality-of-life benefits to our community.
It is the purpose of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District to control storm and other surface water flows:
- Preventing property damage, personal injury and inconvenience; and
- Managing such waters for long-term beneficial use within the District
District objectives shall be achieved through adherence to the following standards:
- Performance excellence by District employees and contractors; and
- Environmental and economic sensitivity; and
- Maximized public benefit through multiple use of District facilities
About special districts
Special districts are the most common form of local government throughout the State of California. According to the State’s Little Hoover Commission, “…there are more than 4,500 special districts which operate airports, harbors, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries and parks, and provide fire-fighting and paramedic services, flood control and water delivery throughout California. Of those, 2,993 are independent special districts [like the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District] run by elected or appointed boards with assistance of professional staffs. In contrast, there are 58 counties and 482 cities, making special districts the most common form of government in California.” To learn more about what makes special districts so special, visit the California Special District Association’s ‘Districts Make The Difference’ website, www.districtsmakethedifference.org.