On Oct. 21, Councilmember Chris Ledesma, with Major Jeffrey Palazzini and Darren Suen (pictured L-R), talks to Westmore Oaks students about the importance of flood preparedness.
Councilmember Chris Ledesma spoke at a news conference on Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, at Westmore Oaks Elementary School, highlighting West Sacramento’s efforts to reduce the risk of flooding and talk about the importance of flood preparedness.
Councilmember Ledesma was joined by Major Jeffrey Palazzini from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Darren Suen from the California Department of Water Resources. The three agencies again collaborated for California Flood Preparedness Week, a week of flood emergency education and outreach throughout the state.
“Washington Unified School District has been a great partner in getting this message across,” said Councilmember Ledesma to a full room of students, parents, teachers and flood-related agencies. “I’m counting on you to talk to your parents about flood control and flood preparedness.”
In the foreground, the model of flood control (diorama) shows the benefits of levees and the major threat of floods.
The city’s flood protection agency, West Sac Flood Protect, is working diligently to improve levees throughout the city with three projects already completed, and their biggest project to date in the final stages of design.
West Sacramento is home to over 50,000 residents, and $5.3 billion in commercial, residential and industrial properties. Surrounded by water during a typical winter, flood preparedness is necessary to protect existing investment and provide stability for businesses now and in the future.
This is the second year West Sacramento participated in California Flood Preparedness Week. Last year the city hosted a Supermarket Sweep event featuring community leaders. The City also distributed both a newsletter and bill insert citywide. The innovative and effective program won the 2014 Association of State Floodplain Managers National Media Outreach Award.
Major Jeffrey Palazzini reminded students and parents that, “It is tough to talk and think about flood preparedness on such a beautiful day as this in the middle of a drought… but most droughts end in flooding.”
“You may be wondering why we are talking about floods in a drought, but California is a state of extremes,” said Darren Suen. “Flooding can come even in dry times.”
West Sac Flood Protect encourages residents to prepare for a flood now when there is no major threat of storms. It is as simple as making a plan for you and your family, packing an emergency flood preparedness kit and protecting your home and property with flood insurance – PLAN, PACK, PROTECT.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and the state of California’s Department of Water Resources have developed a video featuring local floodplain managers and city officials, including the Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, that explains how flooding can affect residents even during a drought. Go to http://bit.ly/10f1Wtp to learn more about flood preparedness for Northern and Central California.