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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Photo portrait of Yiguo Liang, CVFPB Operations Branch ChiefMeet Yiguo Liang, our new Operations Branch Chief. Yiguo comes to us from DWR’s Division of Flood Management where he worked as the Chief of the Hydrology and Hydraulic Section leading the technical evaluations in support of the 2017 CVFPP Update. Prior to that, also at the Division of Flood Management, Yiguo led the Central Valley Floodplain Evaluation and Delineations Program. Yiguo has over 17 years of experience working in the water resource industry and spent years working for the China Meteorological Administration in Beijing, China. Welcome, Yiguo!