Officials Celebrate Completion of South Sacramento Streams Flood Protection Project
SACRAMENTO, August 9, 2017. Local, state and federal officials celebrated the completion of a South Sacramento flood protection project that’s been in the works for over 20 years and cost $100 million dollars. The project is in an area that contains four major creeks (Morrison, Florin, Elder, and Unionhouse) known to flood in the past, and protects 120,000 residents and 41,000 structures. It also takes the area out of the FEMA designated flood zone and lowers homeowners flood insurance rates. A series of flood walls, stream bed improvements, and emergency drainage basins that double as soccer fields and parks were designed and installed for the project. Congresswoman Doris Matsui helped secure $60 million in federal money, with the balance coming from state and local sources. Central Valley Flood Protection Board President Bill Edgar praised all parties involved in getting this important project completed.