Piece of Southport levee is finished


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week it has finished work on a setback levee near South River Road in West Sacramento.

Construction included a new “cutoff wall,” designed to strengthen the levee and keep water from seeping thorugh underneath. The old levee was left in place while the new one was built.

“Setback levees are bulit farther back from the river channel than typical levees, and are intended not only to reduce flood risk but also to preserve wildlife habitat between the water and levee,” reports the Corps.

Next year, work crews are scheduled to remove the old levee and repave South River Road atop the new 2,200-foot setback levee.

The project is part of the “Sacramento River Bank Protection Project,” involving the Corps and the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board.


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