Corps Accepting Flood damage Rehabilitation Assistance Applications

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is now accepting applications for Public Law 84-99 rehabilitation assistance through May 5, 2017. Public sponsors who own flood risk reduction projects within the Sacramento River basin that sustained damage as a result of storms during January to March have been sent letters notifying them to submit their requests for Federal assistance. Projects are eligible for assistance if they were active in the Corps’ Rehabilitation and Inspection Program, meaning they’ve been inspected, evaluated and accepted into the program prior to the onset of the flood event.

The Corps can provide rehabilitation assistance only if the damage was sustained during the storm event from January to March, the cost of the repairs exceeds $15,000, and as long as the work is economically justified for the American taxpayer.

PL 84-99 allows the Corps to supplement local efforts in the repair of both Federal and non-Federal flood risk reduction projects damaged by flood.

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Areas such as the Delta, San Joaquin Basin, and non-California regions will have similar application periods at a later date once water levels have decreased enough for inspections to occur.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides emergency response and assistance to customers in part of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.