Wilton, Point Pleasant and other locations south of Elk Grove are the places most likely to flood in Sacramento County as storms continue through next week, the county’s emergency services chief said Friday.
Communities along the Cosumnes River have sustained some of the most significant damage during storms this year, said Steve Cantelme of the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services. Point Pleasant, which was evacuated due to flooding earlier this month, could experience more flooding next week.
In addition to being in a low-lying part of the county, the Cosumnes River has become more flood-prone because of extensive levee damage caused by this year’s storms, he said.
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This season’s storms have damaged the levees along the Consumnes. Reclamation District 800, which is responsible for levee safety on the river between Jackson Highway and Highway 99, estimates it needs $13 million in repairs, said Mark Hite of the district’s board of trustees.
Hite said the levees have severely eroded and have major boils caused by seepage underneath.
He said the levees are designed to handle floods of a magnitude that happen once every 10 years.
“We have exceeded that five times in the last four weeks and we’re about to have a sixth,” he said.
The district this week completed repairs on five levee sections, at a cost of about $250,000, which is more than a year’s worth of its revenue. The district hopes to get more funding as part of a request for federal disaster funds, Hite said.
A series of storms that started Thursday night is expected to worsen early next week. Flooding in the south part of the county could happen Monday or Tuesday, Cantelme said.
High winds are expected to aggravate the problems because they can cause levee damage, he said.
Cantelme recommends that residents closely follow weather reports and river levels and be prepared to evacuate if they live near the Cosumnes River.