Monday, April 09, 2007

West Sacramento Levees

The ramifications of the recently discovered lack of levee protection at the level West Sacramento once thought it had, continue.

West Sac eyes flood fees for some homes
By Lakiesha McGhee - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, April 9, 2007

The West Sacramento City Council will consider a proposed ordinance Wednesday requiring flood control fees for new developments that don't meet the city's flood safety standards.

The city wants to increase its flood protection standards to a 200-year level of flood protection. It would cost about $400 million, a new city report says.

The new fees would raise $42 million for the work.

Another $42 million would come from a proposed new assessment on existing properties.
The bulk of the cost would be covered by state and federal sources.

"This is a major policy change," Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said last week. "But we have to continue economic activity. We can't shut down."