Delta training exercise marks Flood Preparedness Week

State and local flood-control officials on Thursday held a training exercise on Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as part of California Flood Preparedness Week.

The event included 75 members of the California Conservation Corps, who are typically called out to provide labor when levees are threatened. Officials simulated shoring up a leaking levee and responding to high water, which included building a temporary flood wall. Twitchell Island, in Sacramento County, is owned by the state and considered one of a handful of crucial western Delta islands that protect the estuary from flooding.

Events continue today at Garcia Bend Park in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood, where officials will place a sign marking the historical “high water” point, which occurred in 1986. The sign will be the first of its kind in Sacramento as part of a “Know Your Line” program launched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Four signs have gone up in Roseville, and six more are planned in Sacramento, including at City Hall. The event at Garcia Bend Park is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and includes a flood-preparedness fair with booths providing public information about flood safety.

– Matt Weiser