Sacramento Levee Risk...a disaster in waiting

By: Patrap , 1:45 AM GMT on June 17, 2013

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Jan 1 1997 Aerial view of a broken levee and the resultant flooding on the Sacramento River in the Sacramento River delta.


Sacramento Levee & Flood Risk

by Rowena Millado


Sacramento and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s risk for flooding is the highest in the country because of the city’s aging levee system that has been inadequately maintained. The River City has even less protection than that of New Orleans despite spending $300 million to strengthen the Sacramento and American rivers levees that has taken place for the past 20 years.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for California’s levees in February 2006. He executed Executive Order S-01-06 directing agencies to identify, evaluate and repair critical systems. As a result, some critical erosion sites were repaired in 2006, but the underlying structural problem for the Sacramento region and the state remains.

According the Governor’s office, 33 levees have been repaired and 71 additional repairs are scheduled to be completed by September 2007. These repairs essentially retrofit the levees with rocks on its water side to rebuild its slope to original flood level protection.

Although these repairs were done without key federal funding, state representatives and the governor will continue to introduce federal initiatives to underwrite more of the repairs that are needed.

Even residents have taken steps toward greater protection by approving flood assessments for their area, as well as asking the city to cease building new homes in high flood risk areas.

The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency is recommending some communities to carry flood insurance, even if the homeowner’s lender is not requiring them to do so. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that, over the life of a 30-year mortgage, Downtown, Mid-Town, Oak Park, Natomas, Land Park and East Sacramento neighborhoods face a 26 percent chance of flooding, according to the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Although some property owners will not have to get flood insurance because of the levee repairs in their neighborhood have decreased the risk.

For those neighborhoods who need the insurance, some may still be eligible to receive low-cost preferred flood rates.





1997
Record Flood: The fifth record flood in 46 years occurs over the New Year's holiday. Unprecedented flows from rain and melted snow surge into the Feather and the San Joaquin. Sacramento is spared when the fury of the storm hits 40 miles north in the Feather River. Levee failures flood Olivehurst, Arboga, Wilton, Manteca, and Modesto.


Sacramento Flood History



A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues a man stranded on the roof of his Olivehurst home on Jan. 3, 1997. A levee along the Feather River ruptured the night before sending acres of water into the Sutter County community.


A neighborhood in the Olivehurst area is lost in a muddy annex of the Feather River on Jan. 3, 1997 after a levee broke the night before.



More Levee Woes and the Suffering included from 1997.








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27. Patrap
3:19 AM GMT on June 20, 2013

AmeriCares & Portlight partnering to help Oklahoma disabled

June 17, 2013 – AmeriCares and Portlight Strategies, Inc. are partnering to help disabled Oklahoma residents affected by the recent tornadoes. AmeriCares has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Charleston, S.C.-based nonprofit organization to replace wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other equipment lost or damaged in the recent storms. About 200 Oklahomans with mobility issues are expected to benefit over the next 45 days.

Children and adults with disabilities are among the most vulnerable after a disaster. Often the equipment they rely on for mobility is damaged or destroyed, limiting their independence,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “By providing wheelchairs and other medical equipment we will help dozens of tornado survivors recover faster.”


The program is an extension of a partnership that began earlier this year to install ramps for New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“Our partnership with AmeriCares enables us to streamline requests from tornado survivors with disabilities and expeditiously fill those needs,”
said Paul Timmons, chairman of Portlight Strategies’ board of directors.
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26. Patrap
2:27 AM GMT on June 20, 2013
Life on life's terms is often anything but funny. But if we can keep a sense of humor about us, things that might overwhelm us can be made bearable. How often have we allowed ourselves to be upset by incidents that, taken with a bit of humor, are not all that intolerable? When we become annoyed with people and events, a search for the humor in the situation can put things in a brighter perspective. An ability to find humor in a difficult situation is a gift to develop.

Just for Today: I will look to find the humor in adversity. When I make mistakes, I will find a way to laugh at the humor of my imperfections.
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25. Patrap
1:06 AM GMT on June 20, 2013
Published on Jun 19, 2013

Sad news today that actor James Gandolfini has passed away from a massive heart attack in Italy at the age of 51. Everyone knew James from his work as Tony Soprano on the HBO hit The Sopranos.

We last talked to him at Rocktoberfest at LA Live last year. The event was hosted by Wolfgang Puck and Gene Simmons. James talked about his work with the Wounded Warriors project.

RIP JAMES GANDOLFINI

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24. Patrap
2:58 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
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23. zampaz
6:41 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
I can imagine.
I know I'm not the only one.
There is a web of brotherhood.
A brotherhood of man.
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Artist: John Lennon Lyrics: John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one


Thank you for sharing music and knowledge Pat.
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22. Patrap
3:38 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun, Concert For Bangladesh








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20. Patrap
1:50 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
A brand new human being razor sharp all firm and tan
All clean, all pure with a thirty second attention span
As the clock strikes twelve and we're ready for party games
You play blind man's bluff and I'll play out charades

Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows why you take an eye for an eye
Heaven knows what comes over me
You were pumping iron where as I was pumping irony

Now I find myself fully occupied and half alive
And with your head, heart
Arms and legs wrapped around my family pride
Oh see the whites of their eyes, then shoot
With all the romance of the ton-ton macoute

Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows why you take an eye for an eye
Heaven knows what comes over me
You were pumping iron where as I was pumping irony

Nothing will show as we're shedding our clothes
But then I suppose, anything goes, anything goes
[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/heaven-knows-lyrics-rob ert-plant.html ]
But then I suppose that anything, anthing goes

Heaven knows, heaven knows, heaven knows
Ooh yeah, oh yeah
Heaven knows, heaven knows
Heaven knows, ooh yeah, heaven knows

Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows what comes over me
Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Now tell me please, please, please

Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows what kind of fool, fool, fool, fool, fool, fool
Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me

Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Heaven knows what comes over me
Heaven knows what kind of fool am I
Tell me, ooh


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19. Patrap
1:03 AM GMT on June 18, 2013

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18. Patrap
12:59 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
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17. Patrap
12:44 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
Robert Plant-Ramble On-Live At The 2011 New Orleans Jazzfest

Leaves are fallin' all around, time I was on my way
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay
but now it's time for me to go, the autumn moon lights my way
for now I smell the rain, and with it, pain
and it's headed my way
Aw, sometimes I grow so tired
but I know I've got one thing I got to do

A-ramble on, and now's the time, the time is now
Sing my song, I'm goin' 'round the world, I gotta find my girl
On my way, I've been this way ten years to the day
Ramble on, gotta find the queen of all my dreams

Got no time to for spreadin' roots, the time has come to be gone
And though our health we drank a thousand times
it's time to ramble on

A-ramble on, and now's the time, the time is now
Sing my song, I'm goin' 'round the world
I've gotta find my girl
On my way, I've been this way ten years to the day
I gotta ramble on, I gotta find the queen of all my dreams
I tell you no lie

Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear
How years ago in days of old when magic filled the air
'twas in the darkest depths of Mordor, mm-I met a girl so fair
but Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her
her, her, yeah, and ain't nothin' I can do, no

I guess I'll keep on ramblin', I'm gonna
Sing my song/Sh-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah, I've gotta find my baby
I'm gonna ramble on, sing my song
Gonna work my way all around the world
Baby, baby/Ramble on, yeah

A-do-do-n-do-n-do-n-do, my baby/Baby
A-ramble on, baby
A-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-de-do-de-do-de-do-de-do-de , yeah, yeah/
I can't stop this feelin' in my heart
Everytime I feel I will leave, I really gotta part
Gotta keep searchin' for my baby/
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, babe
I've gotta keep a-searchin'for my baby
My, my, my, my, my, my, my baby/
Yeah-yeah, a-yeah-yeah, a-yeah-yeah
My, my, my, my, my, my baby/
Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah
Ooh, my, my, my-my, my-my, my-my, yeah/
I can't find my bluebird, I'd listen to my bluebird sing
but I, I can't find my bluebird
I keep a-ramblin' baby/ Ah, ah, yeah
I keep a-ramblin', baby/I keep, keep, keep, keep, keep
Babe, babe, babe, babe/
I keep a-ramblin', baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
My, my babe
Bay-ya-by/A-goodbye, goodbye, a-goodbye, baby
Well, something's wrong



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16. Patrap
12:39 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
Nobody's fault but mine
It's nobody's fault but mine
Try to save my soul tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Devil he told me to roll
Devil he told me to roll roll roll roll
How to roll the log tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

Brother he showed me the gong
Brother he showed me the ding dong ding dong
How to kick that gong to life
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Got a monkey on my back
M-M-Monkey on my back back back back
Gonna change my ways tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

I will get down rollin' tonight
N-N-N-Nobody's fault.


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15. Patrap
12:38 AM GMT on June 18, 2013


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14. Patrap
12:34 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break, [X2]
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, [X2]
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home,
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They go no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

All last night sat on the levee and moaned, [X2]
Thinkin' about me baby and my happy home.
Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... Sorry but I can't take you...
Going down... going down now... going down....



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13. PedleyCA
12:07 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
Yes, I see. Hope that doesn't happen again. I live above the Santa Ana River. I think I am high enough, but you never know with water.
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12. LowerCal
11:47 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
Southern California didn't escape the Great Flood of 1862.

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In Southern California, beginning on December 24, 1861, it rained for almost four weeks for a total of 35 inches at Los Angeles. In the San Gabriel Mountains the mining town of Eldoradoville was washed away by flood waters.[16] The flooding drowned thousands of cattle and washed away fruit trees and vineyards that grew along the Los Angeles River. No mail was received at Los Angeles for five weeks. The Los Angeles Star reported that:

The road from Tejon, we hear, has been almost washed away. The San Fernando mountain cannot be crossed except by the old trail ... over the top of the mountain. The plain has been cut up into gulches and arroyos, and streams are rushing down every declivity.[17]

The plains of Los Angeles County, at the time a marshy area with many small lakes and several meandering streams from the mountains, were extensively flooded, and much of the agricultural development which lay along the rivers was ruined. In most of the lower areas small settlements were submerged. These flooded areas formed into a large lake system with many small streams and a few more powerful currents cut channels across the plain and carried the runoff to the sea.

At Santa Barbara County the narrow coastal plains were flooded by the rivers coming out of the mountains, and the town of Ventura was abandoned.

In San Bernardino County, all the fertile riverside fields and all but the church and one house of the New Mexican colony of Agua Mansa, were swept away by the Santa Ana River, which overflowed its banks. The ringing church bell on the night of January 22, 1862 alerted the inhabitants to the approach of the flood, and all escaped.[18]

Downriver in Los Angeles County, (including what is now Orange County) the flooding Santa Ana River created an inland sea lasting about three weeks with water standing 4 feet (1.2 m) deep up to 4 miles (6 km) from the river.[13] In February 1862, the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Santa Ana Rivers merged. Government surveys at the time indicated that a solid expanse of water covered the area from Signal Hill to Huntington Beach, a distance of approximately 18 miles (29 km).

In San Diego a storm at sea, backed up the flood water running into the bay from the San Diego River, resulting in a new river channel cut into San Diego Harbor. The continuous heavy downpour also changed the look of the land, the previously rounded hills were extensively cut by gulleys and canyons.[19]

To the north, in the Owens Valley, similar snow and flooding conditions as those to the east in Aurora, lead to the local Paiute suffering the loss of much of the game they depended on. Cattle newly driven into the valley to feed the miners, competed with the native grazers and ate the native wild plant crops the Paiute depended on to survive. Starving the Paiute began to kill the cattle and conflict with the cattlemen began, leading to the subsequent Owens Valley Indian War.

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11. PedleyCA
9:51 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
That's Why we live in Southern California.
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10. Patrap
7:48 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
Thanks for them,

...and WOW LC !
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9. LowerCal
7:19 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
California's other Big One:

Worst Case Scenario - California Superstorm or Arkstorm
Dr. Greg Forbes, Severe Weather Expert

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has come up with a worst case scenario winter storm for California that, if it happened, could bring a catastrophe to large parts of the state. You can see a summary of their study here or even the full report. They call it the Arkstorm, suggestive of Noah's Ark and a rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

This isn't a publicity stunt. A lot of scientific research went into the report and its findings. What they did was to try to replicate a storm today similar to the prolonged one that hit California for 45 days in winter 1861-62. That one turned the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea. There weren't many people living in California then. Needless to say, the impacts would be a lot worse today! Levees today protect the Sacramento Valley, but they are increasingly in disrepair. Once one or two fail, the whole valley could again become an inland sea -- not dissimilar to what happened in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.

There wasn't much weather data back in the 1860s, so to try to get a more quantitative handle on the worst-case scenario, they combined two big storms that have ample weather data - from January 1969 and February 1986. They combined these to make a prolonged 40-day storm in which an atmospheric river (see my previous blog) or "pineapple express" constantly blasted moisture from the tropics into California, ....

Central Valley, California, 1861-62 - Top 10 Historic U.S. Floods - TIME
Date: December 1861-January 1862
Significance: Known as the storm that caused California to go bankrupt
Holmes says: These storms, also called Pineapple Express, are atmospheric rivers, where moisture from the Pacific is very efficiently pumped in over the West Coast. In this case, a tremendous amount of rain was dumped on an area of California's Central Valley that measured 300 miles long and 20 miles wide. This flood literally bankrupted the state because they were very dependent on property taxes and one-fourth of the state's taxable real estate was destroyed. It was an economic catastrophe. They even moved the capital out of Sacramento for a while. We estimate a similar storm of that magnitude in California today would cause $725 billion in damages.
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8. Patrap
12:40 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
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7. zampaz
2:35 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
The challenges that extreme weather events pose to our infrastructure are immense. We are not prepared for coming changes.
As a nation we have the technology, the practical resources and I believe the popular support to proactively improve our infrastructures before disaster strikes.
But citizens seem to have lost a voice in decisions being made in Washington and state legislatures.

If I were in New Orleans, I'd look you up, we'd hit Pat O'Brians and I'd buy you a Hurricane...and we'd celebrate 400ppm.



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6. Patrap
2:18 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
Sitting by the wayside biding time in quiet peace
Awaiting grace within the Sea of Calm,
They stand to turn in seconds of release,
And await the call they know may never come;
In times of brightness no intruder dared come on
To jeopardize the course, upset the run,
And all was joy and hands were raised toward the Sun
And love in the halls of plenty overrun.

Still in their blissful hallowed mighty sleep,
Unending dances shadowed on the day,
Within their walls, their daunting formless keep,
Preserved their joy and kept their doubts at bay;
Satan's Legions stood in readiness to lead,
Just turn a coin bring order to the fray,
And everything was soon no sooner thought than deed,
Which nobody seemed to question in any way.

How keen the awry hunter's eye prevails upon the land
To seek the unsuspecting and the weak,
And powerless the fabled sat too smug to lift a hand
Towards the foe that threatened from the deep;
Who cares to dry the cheeks of those who saddened stand
Adrift upon a sea of futile speech?
And soothe the pain to walk the famous land
Where no one dares Forever ever to reach.

Where was your word, where did you go?
Where was your helping, where was your bow?
Dull is the armour, cold is the day.
Hard was the journey, dark was the way.

I heard the words, I couldn't stand them...
I couldn't stand it another day, another day,
Another day, another day...

Touched by the timely coming,
Roused from the keeper's sleep,
Release the grip, throw down the key...

Held now within the knowing,
Rest now within the peace.
Take of the fruit, but guard the seed.

Held now within the knowing,
Rest now within the beat.
Take of the fruit, but guard the seed...

Take of the fruit, but guard the seed...




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5. Patrap
2:04 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
Closing time
Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time
Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every
girl
Closing time
One last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or
beer
Closing time
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Closing time
Time for you to go out to the places you will be from
Closing time
This room won't be open till your brothers or your
sisters come
So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other
beginning's end

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Closing time
Time for you to go out to the places you will be from

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other
beginning's end


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4. Patrap
2:02 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
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3. Patrap
2:01 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
go on and close the curtains
'cause all we need is candlelight
you and me ... and the bottle of wine
and hold you tonight [ ohh ]

well we know i'm going away
and how i wish - i wish it weren't so
so take this wine and drink with me
let's delay our misery

save tonight and fight the break of dawn
come tomorrow - tomorrow i'll be gone
save tonight and fight the break of dawn
come tomorrow - tomorrow i'll be gone

there's a log on the fire
and it burns like me for you
tomorrow comes with one desire
to take me away [ ohh it's true ]

it ain't easy to say good bye
darling please - don't start to cry
'cause girl you know i've got to go [ohh ]
and Lord i wish it wasn't so

save tonight and fight the break of dawn
come tomorrow - tomorrow i'll be gone
save tonight and fight the break of dawn
come tomorrow - tomorrow i'll be gone

tomorrow comes to take me away
i wish that i - that i could stay
but girl you know i've got to go [ohh ]
and Lord i wish wasn't so

save tonight and fight the break of dawn
come tomorrow - tomorrow i'll be gone [ 4x ]

tomorrow i'll be gone [ 4x ]

save tonight [ 4x ]
oh thats right
save tonight - save tonight



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2. Patrap
1:52 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
The Sacramento District (SPK) is one of largest districts in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, employing approx. 1100 people and managing civil works, environmental, military and regulatory projects in 8 western states. For more info:

http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/

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1. HurricaneAndre
1:46 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
On no my home state and city.
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