Thirty-two-million dollars for Sacramento levees is in President Obama’s budget request for the next fiscal year and in the Army Corps of Engineers’ work plan for this year. The President’s budget request would allow the corps to begin the federal portion of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.
City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby represents Natomas.
"It's a great day for Sacramento and a great day for Natomas because for the first time we're seeing federal investment in the levy to the tune of about $32 million combined -$11 million in the work plan and $21 in the president's budget. However, we need half a billion (dollars.)"
The money will be used to continue improving levees to 200-year-level flood protection.
Last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency lifted building restrictions in Natomas when the city reached the halfway point of its repairs to 42 miles of levees. Once FEMA lifted the restrictions, the project became eligible for federal funds.
Ashby says more federal money will be required to complete the project
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