The sad part of all of the answers is that the highest level of flood control called for is 200 years, when New Orleans had a 250 year level when it flooded, and virtually every other major river city in the country has a 500 year level.
To see this in a graph go to the Department of Water Resources report: FloodSafe California: Rebuilding the System, Reducing the Risk and look at page 13.
Building Auburn Dam would give Sacramento a 500 year level of protection.
The candidates’ views: Flood control and development
Sacramento mayor’s race
Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Seven candidates running for mayor in the June 3 primary recently answered a Bee survey on key issues facing Sacramento.
We will share their responses with you over the next several days.
Today we explore their views on flood control and future city growth. Some answers have been edited for length.
— Bee Metro Staff
1. Natomas has less than 100-year flood protection. Should the city allow building there until the new flood maps go into effect in December?
2. What level of flood protection do you think is adequate for building?
3. Should the city annex and develop farmland areas north of the city limits?
4. Where else do you support city annexation? List specific areas.