USACE: Congressman Garamendi to tour on-going levee improvement work in Marysville
SACRAMENTO, California – Congressman John Garamendi will join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of California and local leaders Friday, July 27 to get a close-up look at one of our regions flood risk reduction construction projects.
The 10 a.m. tour will follow an approximately quarter of a mile long construction segment where crews are installing a seepage cutoff wall near River Front Park in Marysville. Rep. Garamendi and project leaders will be available to answer media questions during the tour.
Begun in 2010, the Marysville Ring Levee project is incrementally improving more than five miles of levee surrounding Marysville, a town historically susceptible to floodwaters due to its location at the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers. Construction on two key stretches near River Front Park are either underway or soon to begin.
The addition of $13.5 million dollars in a recent supplemental funding announcement, and the inclusion of $35.5 million in the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget would fully fund the project, meaning flood risk for Marysville and its flood-prone community could be significantly lower by 2023.
The Corps of Engineers is partnering with the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Marysville Levee District (in conjunction with the Yuba Water Agency) to complete the estimated $160 million project. The state of California has funded over $42 million toward the project as part of their commitment to upgrade the state’s levee systems.
Marysville is surrounded by 7.6 miles of ring levee that reduces flood risk to a population of more than 12,700 people. The most notable flooding in the region was the 1955 Christmas Eve flood that killed 38 people and forced 23,000 people from their homes in Marysville and neighboring Yuba City.
Marysville Levee Improvement Tour & Media Availability
Friday, July 27, 2018 from 10-10:45 a.m.
Construction site at River Front Park
1010 Biz Johnson Dr., Marysville, CA 95901
Note: Site tour and media availability will be on mowed, dirt path. Please dress accordingly.