Saturday, April 28, 2007

Flood Vote

The recent vote to move Sacramento to a 200 year level of flood control is an excellent first step and one our public leadership rightly should be commended for.

However, it is still important to remember that New Orleans had a 250 year level when Katrina hit.

We should rejoice in this first step but keep focused on the eventual goal of achieving a 500 year level of flood protection, which other major river cities, except for Sacramento and New Orleans, have reached.

Editorial: Historic flood win
Sacramento poised to improve its protection
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, April 28, 2007

This was huge. Voters have put in place the final piece of the flood protection puzzle. Now it will be possible to put the money together to dramatically improve the Sacramento area's flood protection.

Floodplain property owners have made the difference by agreeing to a local assessment. It will fund projects along the Sacramento and American rivers that will eventually provide a 200-year level of protection.

This community's fight against flooding will never stop. But this is a moment to savor. It's nice when a government and the public that it serves agree on the same goals and how to get there.