Flood Control & Mayoral Candidates

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

QUESTIONS

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.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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