Sunday, March 25, 2007

Flood Threat & Levees

In what appears to be a recurring storyline around the region (thanks to the continuing flood protection reevaluation in the light of Katrina), another community’s levees are possibly not as strong as once thought.

West Sac re-examines flood peril
Seeping levees mean the city's risk may be much greater than it thought.
By Deb Kollars - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, March 25, 2007

Property owners in Sacramento are not the only ones facing flooding worries and a possible new tax for greater flood protection.

Preliminary geotechnical findings indicate the city of West Sacramento has underseepage problems similar to those found in levees in Natomas and elsewhere in the Central Valley.

Although final analyses are still being conducted, the early results indicate the fast-growing community on the west side of the Sacramento River has a lower level of flood protection than previously believed.

West Sacramento officials soon will ask property owners to approve a new assessment to strengthen levees. The West Sacramento election planned for May would be smaller but similar to a weighted mail ballot election for flood control now going in portions of Sacramento and Sutter counties involving 140,000 property owners.