Ward Creek is a large man-made creek in the City of Hayward, adjacent to Industrial Parkway, and provides drainage for a 1,000 acre watershed.
The Ward Creek Flood Control and Restoration Improvements Project includes the construction of a floodwall, re-construction of existing storm drain pipe outfall structures, replacement of the existing asphalt bike path, preservation of existing mature trees in good condition, and removal and replacement of trees in poor condition. All project features will improve flood protection in the area by minimizing channel banks overflowing during large storm events.
Floodwall improvements are being constructed in four (4) phases, pending the availability of construction funding.
- PHASE 1 – COMPLETE: Constructed in 2011, provided floodwall improvements for 3,400 linear feet of the Line D channel, between Industrial Parkway and Huntwood Avenue.
- PHASE 2 – COMPLETE: Constructed in 2015, provided floodwall improvements for 1,600 linear feet of the Line D channel, between Huntwood Avenue and BART.
- PHASE 3 AND PHASE 4: Preliminary engineering for Phase 3 is anticipated to begin by the end of 2016.
Ward Creek is currently in an area that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated 100-year flood hazard area. Owners of the residential and commercial properties within the flood hazard area with federal backed mortgage loans, can be required by lenders to purchase flood insurance.
Once all four phases of the floodwall improvements and pump station improvements in the area are completed, the combined projects will provide improved flood protection to the local community and allow for the submittal of a Letter of Map Revisions (LOMR) application to FEMA.
Upon approval of the LOMR by FEMA, the property owners within the existing floodplain will no longer be required to purchase flood insurance.