Levees safe and secure as sunny skies prevail

With a shift to spring weather the City’s staff, together with the State Department of Water Resources, will stop patrolling levees on a daily basis after March 15. The Sacramento River is currently below 22 feet at the I St. Bridge, which is below the State-mandated monitoring stage of 27.5 feet.

After that, Utilities staff will remain on-call to monitor levees for potential erosion should stormy weather return.

Utilities started 24/7 levee patrol to monitor river levels and potential erosion in January. Since the beginning of the storm season, no significant levee erosion has been reported.

As the Sacramento River levels continues to subside, residents are asked to:

  • Contact 311 or use Sac311.org if groundwater seepage is no longer running clear, as this may be a sign on erosion; report any concerns with levees, incidents of localized flooding, or reports of downed trees.
  • In case of an emergency, the City encourages residents to register with the emergency alerts notification system www.Sacramento-Alert.org
  • Clear any debris and leaves from storm drains to minimize future localized flooding.
  • Check out www.FloodReady.org for more information, and learn how to have an emergency plan in place. You can also visit SacramentoReady.org for more information on how you can prepare your family and community for a flooding disaster.
  • As the rainy and wet weather start to decrease in the region, City crews continue to work year-round to help prepare for the next winter storm. Crews assist in maintaining channels, canals and creeks by removing weeds and debris that can impede water flow during winter storms.

For more information: www.cityofsacramento.org or call 3-1-1 or 916-264-5011.

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