Levee Repair Sites Grow

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for California’s levees and designated two dozen critical erosion sites.

Officials with the state Department of Water Resources have added five more sites to that list. 

"They are all in the Sacramento River. One is in Isleton, the other is Walnut Grove, another in West Sacramento and in Colusa. The fifth is in Ryer Island Cache Slough."

Oscar Hidalgo with the state Department of Water Resources says the levees were hit hard by the January storms. 

"And we also have heavy flows from this recent April storm. It’s definitely an example that these levees continue to erode if we do not do anything to prevent them from eroding further."

For most of the erosion repairs, work crews will put rock on the water side of the levees to reestablish a slope. State officials say they’ve got 103-Million dollars to spend on repairs.

The work is expected to be done by November.