Friday, June 22, 2007

Council Allows Natomas Building

Considering what has already been built there, probably the wisest move to make, though flood protection is very inadequate and work has to proceed urgently (fingers crossed) to see it increases.

City: No Natomas limits
By Terri Hardy - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, June 22, 2007

Despite the objections of environmental groups, the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to ask the federal government to allow unrestricted construction in North Natomas while levees are brought up to minimum flood standards.

Mayor Heather Fargo was out of the country.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year ruled Natomas basin levees were weaker than believed and no longer met a minimum 100-year flood protection standard.

By the end of this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will decide on a flood designation for the entire basin. Sutter County and Sacramento County supervisors already approved seeking the least restrictive "A99" designation.