Just days after CBS 13 reported that Sacramento’s homeless residents are digging multi-story homes, stairs, sleeping platforms, and refuse trenches into area flood control levees, a city task force has acted swiftly to shore up those vital affordable housing projects.
“This is as much about affordable housing as flood control,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg, “so we’ve identified the camps that pose the greatest risk of causing a catastrophic flood and hired the diggers to repair their own homes.”
This low-cost approach appeals to leaders who oversee the Sacramento and San Joaquin flood control projects because the combined systems have over 1,600 miles of levees that could be endangered by affordable home construction.
“Yes, millions of homes are threatened when anyone undermines our levees, but we have to remember that includes the homes built on those levees,” Steinberg said.
The state Department of Water Resources will be inspecting the repairs, but warns that their efforts could be hampered by staffing levels required by the 2019 Storm Damage Emergency Rehabilitation Program.
“Last year we had over 500 damaged sites thanks to Mother Nature,” said DWR spokesperson Bud Lyte. “With the Sierra snowpack at 188% of average this year, we expect inspection crews to be in high demand.”