TITLE

California Levees Could Be Next

AUTHOR(S)
Long, J.T.
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
ENR: Engineering News-Record;9/19/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 11, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that California politicians and flood control agencies are crying out for billions of dollars to reinforce 1,600 miles of levees and modifications to a key dam that protects the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Southern California's water system, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The vulnerability of what is rated a 100-year flood protection system--just half of the 200-year protection in New Orleans--was illustrated last year when a levee failure west of Stockton flooded 12,000 acres of farmland and caused $100 million in damage. That caused record releases of as much as 135,000 cu ft per second from the Bureau of Reclamation's Folsom Dam that led to a levee break in Yuba County, flooding dozens of homes.
ACCESSION #
18361559

 

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