SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three small disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley will receive $28 million in grant funding as part of the California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) commitment to support projects that reduce flood risk to people and property.
“There are communities within the Central Valley where the flood infrastructure does not meet current levee performance standards,” said Jeremy Arrich, chief of DWR’s Division of Flood Management. “The Small Communities Flood Risk Reduction Program provides grant funding for local agencies to develop flood risk reduction projects that address their specific needs.”
The Small Communities Flood Risk Reduction Program (SCFRR) supports projects identified by local communities to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods and mudslides.
The following communities will receive grant awards as part of the flood risk reduction program:
- The community of Grimes in Colusa County will leverage a $3 million grant award to increase flood protection to almost 400 residents by repairing and improving 1.5 miles of existing levees on the Sacramento River.
- Increasing flood protection to nearly 6,000 residents, Franklin-Beachwood in Merced County will construct a new 300-acre flood detention basin with its $9.7 million grant award.
- Knights Landing in Yolo County will focus on modernizing and improving the flood management infrastructure for the community with a grant award of $15 million. This project includes the construction of a new cross levee for increased flood protection to the almost 1,200 residents in the surrounding communities.
A complete description of each project and the benefits provided to these communities can be found on the SCFRR webpage.
The SCFRR grant program is funded by Proposition 1E, the $4.09 billion bond approved by California voters in 2006. Through the program’s multiple funding phases, approximately $45 million in funding has been awarded to 35 communities.
Chris Orrock, Information Officer, Public Affairs, Department of Water Resources
916-480-5414 | Chris.Orrock@water.ca.gov