The six-year-old restriction came because of the area's flooding concerns.
Sacramento, Calif., could be poised for a building boom in the city’s Natomas area after the Federal Emergency Management Agency lifts a six-year-old restriction that shut down construction in 2008. That ban came after the Army Corps of Engineers determined that levees along the Sacramento River were not adequate to protect the area from flooding. City officials say the problem has been corrected, however, and they expect FEMA to lift the building ban this spring. Natomas had been a hotbed of construction activity prior to the ban.