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Report: Flood Protection Could Cost $17 Billion

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 30, 2011

This is the first time the State of California has categorized all of the flood dangers in the state in one flood protection proposal.  Michael Mierzwa with DWR says the next step is to develop nine regional plans to address each area's weaknesses. 

MIERZWA: "The reason the locals need to be involved with this next step is this is really a local decision of what is an acceptable level of risk and what can we afford and how can we finance this risk."

Mierzwa says some of the state's 1500 miles of levees are about 150 years old and are considered obsolete.

This report is a result of voter approved bonds and accompanying legislation in 2007 and 2008.  There will be public comment on the plan.  The Department has until July 1st to submit its final report.

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