“At least 12 miles of levees in Sacramento need major repairs to keep their 100-year-flood-protection rating, including virtually all of the city’s bowl-like Pocket neighborhood, according to new engineering analyses.
“The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency is in the process of figuring out how much the work will cost, but it is sure to be disruptive.
“We’re not only concerned with improving our local system of levees to protect our cities and farmlands from flooding; we’re also worried about the cost of flood insurance, mandatory for many parts of our two counties. An act approved by Congress last year will phase out subsidies that have made flood insurance affordable for communities like ours. …
“During a ceremony last week to kick off construction work on the west Feather River levee, our reporter asked U.S. Rep.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today [July 24] that it has approved nearly $30 million in funding for 14 reclamation district projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that will strengthen nearly 90 miles of levees.
“The projects – which are intended to bolster flood protection – will be funded through the Delta Special Flood Control Projects’ Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP).
“Mayor Kevin Johnson and other local officials on Tuesday announced a new campaign that will lobby the state and federal governments to provide more funding to local infrastructure projects that defend cities from extreme weather.”
“Hopes to begin construction this year on the proposed $88 million project to upgrade levees on the west side of the Feather River moved closer to reality with the sale of revenue bonds to help pay for the work.”