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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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.