Mayor Holds Flood Forums

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 6, 2006

Georgina Stevenson works at Sacramento State – a campus bordered by a levee next to the American River. She’s worried about flood risk.

"I’m very concerned. I think the campus is not prepared."

She wonders how officials will evacuate the campus if there was a levee break.

"I was on campus in 1986 and I saw how high the water was, about 4 feet from the top of the levee, it was very frightening and I want to know how the campus is planning for any future disaster."

Monday’s forum was part of Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo’s ongoing series of public workshops on flood emergency preparedness held throughout the city. Several hundred students, faculty and nearby residents were there. Fargo says flooding is on a lot of people’s minds.

"We’re the largest city with the lowest level of flood protection in the nation and so it’s a very serious situation that we’re trying to address."

Local emergency officials were also at the workshop encouraging people to prepare survival kits.

Mayor Fargo says city and county officials are constantly working to improve safety and that emergency state funds to fix critical sites along local levees recently announced by Governor Schwarzenegger will go a long way in boosting security.