Creeks, bridges and roads: City to perform maintenance on its flood-control system this summer

A map of creeks where maintenance work is scheduled to be performed.

The Department of Utilities recently began maintenance work on the City’s flood-control system, including creeks, bridges and roads near Morrison Creek, Florin Creek, Union House Creek, Elder Creek and Strawberry Creek.

Considered work on critical infrastructure, the maintenance is similar to the upkeep the City performed in fall 2020 and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

“This work is being done during the dry season in advance of any rain we could receive this coming winter,” said Bill Busath, director of the Department of Utilities. “These facilities are vitally important in helping reduce our risk of flood.”

Crews are removing debris that can cause localized flooding or that blocks service roads, repairing the undersides of bridges and creeks banks, as well as mowing vegetation that poses a fire hazard.

In the weeks before the maintenance work began, the City’s Department of Community Response partnered with local service providers to provide outreach and connect anyone camping in the area with social services.

“The Department of Community Response’s goal is to educate individuals to the critical infrastructure repair schedule, the work process and ensure they are provided the appropriate resources that address their needs,” said Bridgette Dean, director of the Department of Community Response.

Here is a schedule of when and where the maintenance work will be performed: