State agencies say Valley is prepared for a California megastorm

From ABC 30 Action News – Any prolonged wet weather in California brings concerns about the big one. An Ark storm, an atmospheric river dumping too much water, revives fears of the 1861 Ark Storm that flooded the entire central valley. In 1997 heavy rain and snow melt filled Friant over capacity causing flooding along the river in north Fresno.  While it could happen again, Alan Hofmann, General Manager of the Metropolitan Flood Control district, says many of the issues that led to past flooding in the Fresno area have largely been alleviated. “It’s considerably better today than it was say, 30 years ago,” Hoffmann said. Hofmann says the area is better protected and he believes the districts extensive ponding basins and pumps provide a good margin of safety. (more)

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Greg Harvey has been selected as the Board’s Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief, effective July 1, 2019. Greg has over 18 years of experience in the engineering field and has been with the Board since 2017. Since that time, Greg has played an active role in the coordination with key agencies for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update, managed multiple flood system improvement projects, and acted as PIC Branch Supervisor for nine months. Congratulations, Greg!