City soon will perform maintenance work on its flood control system

The Department of Utilities later this month is scheduled to begin maintenance work on critical infrastructure in the City’s flood control system.

Work areas will include Arcade Creek, I-80 South Ditch and Magpie Creek in northern Sacramento and Upper Morrison Creek and Elder Creek in southern Sacramento.

This maintenance will be similar to the critical infrastructure work the City performed over the past year and is expected take 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

“This work is critical to keeping the City safe during storms,” said Bill Busath, Department of Utilities director. “The City fared extremely well during the historic storm in October 2021 due in part to our flood control systems being well-maintained.”

Work will include removing debris that can cause localized flooding or block service roads, inspecting banks as well as repairing erosion of creek banks and areas under bridges.

Utilities staff are working closely with the City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office to ensure the safety of City staff and those camping in the impacted areas.

The City’s Department of Community Response also will be coordinating with local service providers to perform outreach and connect people with services several weeks before work is scheduled to take place.

“The Department of Community Response will make contact with unsheltered individuals in these locations, offer resources available and inform them of the upcoming critical infrastructure work and the need to relocate outside of the work zone for their safety,” said Bridgette Dean, director of the Department of Community Response.

“We’ve had good response from this outreach in the past, and we’re glad to work with the Department of Utilities to make their critical infrastructure work as safe as possible for everyone,” she added.

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