Thursday, November 23, 2006

Urban Levees Evaluation

Good, about time and the funds for the evaluation are coming from the right place, the state general fund, where flood control funds should be coming from as protecting the public from flooding is most certainly a public safety priority.

350 miles of urban levees to be evaluated
Sacramento Business Journal - 10:58 AM PST Wednesday
Celia Lamb Staff writer

The state Department of Water Resources and engineering contractor URS Corp. plan to start an evaluation of 350 miles of levees in urban areas from Lathrop to Marysville next week.

The water resources department and the San Francisco-based contractor will look for levees that provide less than 200-year level flood protection to communities of at least 10,000 people. A 200-year flood is one that has a 0.5 percent chance of occurring in any year.

The $35 million project will be funded by $500 million appropriated from the state general fund in May for flood control improvements.

Test drilling will begin in West Sacramento and Marysville.