SBFCA Testifies Before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and the Environment

On March 9, SBFCA Executive Director Mike Inamine was invited to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and the Environment in Washington, DC.   The purpose was to examine how the Federal government, in conjunction with its partners in state and local government, can work to reduce inefficiencies and delays in project delivery.  On behalf of SBFCA, Mr. Inamine submitted a written statement, made a verbal statement and responded to questions from subcommittee and full committee members.  According to Inamine, “This hearing was an extraordinary opportunity to present a number of our federal issues with the most important Committee in Congress with regard to Corps programs.  Based on discussions before, during and after the hearing,  our testimony resonated with the Committee.  We will follow up in coming weeks to capitalize on this extremely rare opportunity to highlight important issues as well as advance federal funding.”


Updates on Levee Conditions

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Update on Levee Monitoring – USACE Slurry Wall, Yuba City

As part of its work, Levee District 1 and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency are monitoring the performance of the existing United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) slurry wall during this high water event (the wall is generally located between Queens Avenue and Whiteaker Hall in Yuba City). Three areas of seepage have been identified: at the end of Lynn Way within the detention basin at Gilsizer Slough; at the end of Teegarden Avenue; and, along Von Geldern Way. These are not considered emergency issues at this time, and LD1, SBFCA, and the City of Yuba City are taking proactive measures to address seepage conditions. In the meantime, LD 1 and Sutter County will be requesting state and federal assistance (which may include reimbursement for work, construction and/or technical assistance). Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be touring the area, including the Laurel and Cypress sites, on Friday, February 17.

SBFCA Board Authorizes $5M Project to Reinforce Areas on West Feather River Levee

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) Board of Directors has authorized $5 million in immediate actions to reinforce the west Feather River levee along Laurel and Cypress Avenues south of Yuba City, and other unimproved areas as identified by SBFCA. Work could begin this week to install approximately 10,000 feet – or nearly two miles – of seepage berm on the landside toe and fill unused and unlined ditches adjacent to the levee. Once started, construction is expected to be completed within 10 days. Full funding for the project may be provided by the state or federal government. Read more.

Update on Oroville Dam Spillway

SBFCA has been in close coordination with the Department of Water Resources, the owner and operator of Oroville Dam, as well as other partner agencies. SBFCA will coordinate with local and State levee maintenance agencies to monitor the west levee of the Feather River, and will continue to coordinate with DWR and other agencies to proactively prepare for Oroville releases and future storm events.

For more information on the current operation of the Oroville Dam, please click here.

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Sutter County Emergency Services has opened a 24 hour Storm Call Center. The phone numbers are 530-822-4988 and 530-822-7556. The call center is located at the Emergency Operations Center, which is operating 24 hours a day until further notice.


Fifth Street Bridge Closures: December 26-January 16

The Fifth Street Bridge in Yuba City will be closed overnight from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Monday, December 26 to Monday, December 16 for construction work on the Feather River west levee. The bridge will not open during construction hours for any reason. All traffic, including emergency services, must detour to the 10th Street Bridge. Full bridge access will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the construction period.

View our video on the levee construction work around the Fifth Street Bridge!

Past News:

Road Closures Planned for E. Gridley Road Bridge Aug. 1-20

Agency Fares Well on State Audit of Grant Funds

NEW – So You Live Behind A Levee

Update on Levee Safety During Wet Winter Months