California’s too little and too late flood control plan


Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend $437 million to help fix California’s flood-control emergencies and headaches, including repairing the crumbling spillways at Oroville Dam.

Brown said Friday that aging dams are part of a deep-seated problem in California and the rest of the country because too little is spent to maintain infrastructure, which is the mix of roads, highways, rail systems and water projects.

No kidding.

To boost flood-control spending, the governor said he is asking the state Legislature to allocate $387 million from voter-approved Proposition 1 water bonds to fund emergency and near-term, flood-control actions. He also is asking lawmakers to devote $50 million of state general funds for the same purpose.

Also Friday, Brown announced that the Trump administration has approved a request to issue a disaster declaration, making California eligible for federal funds to repair Oroville Dam and respond to other problems caused by heavy storms.

Brown also proposed updates on flood-inundation maps, dam inspections and strengthening of emergency-evacuation plans for areas at risk of flooding.

Brown acknowledged that the $437 million in flood control is a small part of the state’s $187 billion in unmet infrastructure needs for flood management, deferred highway maintenance, and for streets and roads.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News


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