Improvements Complete for Two of West Sacramento’s Most Vulnerable Levees: The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and City of West Sacramento continue to make steady progress on improving the city’s levees through close collaboration with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two levee improvement projects were completed in the north part of the city, The Rivers and CHP Academy Early Implementation Levee Improvement Projects. Combined these projects represent over $27 million in improvements to over 8,000 feet of levee, with 6,000 feet of paved trails at The Rivers. 

West Sacramento Safer with Levee Improvements:  Collaboration results in flood protection for people, business and property.  The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and City of West Sacramento, with the help of the California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Central Valley Flood Protection Board, have completed many levee improvement projects to address flood protection, the city’s number one priority.

Priority One:  Improving Levees and Public Safety
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
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City of West Sacramento
Public Outreach Materials & Newsletters
2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, Public Draft, December 2011


Due April 10, 2012, 12 p.m.

Design Decision Hierarchy and Sequence Chart

Southport EIP Public Workshop Thursday, January 26, 2012

6-8 pm
City of West Sacramento Community Center, Community Room
1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Southport EIP 15% Design Report Exhibits

Presentation Slides

Sacbank Setback Levee Project

USACE News Release regarding South River Road Closure, October 20, 2011

Surrounded by levees on all sides, the city of West Sacramento has a long history living with flood risk.  The city, the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA), and the California Department of Water Resources have undertaken an extensive effort to further analyze the condition of the levees that protect the city's 47,000 residents.  Using new evaluation techniques developed after flood events along the gulf coast, the city has identified problems, with seepage, stability, and erosion.  These are common forms of levee deficiencies throughout the Central Valley and may threaten public safety if left unchecked.
The city and WSAFCA are undertaking an effort to improve all of its levees to current standards.  The federal government has a major interest in the delivery of appropriate flood protection to West Sacramento.  The project will:
Reduce the risk of a Katrina-like disaster to this community, protecting the safety of 47,000 residents and over $4.2 billion in property value.
Preserve the previous federal investment by addressing deficiencies that remain in the still-active congressionally-authorized West Sacramento Project.
Protect facilities of regional and national significance, including the Union Pacific main railroad line, US-50, I-80, the regional USPS mail processing center, the regional Department of Water Resources flood fight facility, the California Highway Patrol Academy (a key facility in state emergencies), and the Port of West Sacramento.
Based on the newest federal standards, certain important deficiencies have been found in the federal levee system that protects the city.  The total estimated cost for needed improvements is over $460 million.  The city and WSAFCA have moved proactively to address this challenge, with city residents voting to assess themselves for up to $40 million of the needed funds.  The balance is expected to come from private, state and federal sources.

New Parcel Assessment Rates for 2012-13