Work crews patch Natomas levee
WASHINGTON - California's two senators have introduced legislation seeking authorization of federal funds to improve flood protection in the Natomas basin.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses as well as three major freeways and Sacramento International Airport sit in the vulnerable basin north and west of downtown Sacramento.
The $921.2 million sought in the Natomas Basin Flood Protection Improvements Act of 2013 from Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer would be for flood control projects already mapped out by the U.S. Army of Engineers.
The Corps estimate the Natomas basin levees holding back the Sacramento and American rivers are at a 1 in 3 risk of failure.
The Corps projects aim to restore 100-year flood protection and ultimately achieve 200-year level flood protection for the basin.
Local taxpayer and state contributions total between $350 million and $400 million for the projects.
The legislation from Feinstein and Boxer is a companion bill to Sacramento-area Rep. Doris Matsui's reintroduced H.R. 135.