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Levee Repair - Flood History

DWR Levee Repairs Program
Department of Water Resources

3310 El Camino Avenue,
Suite 140
Sacramento, CA 95821

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 219000
Sacramento, CA 95821-9000

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1997 Flooding

1862 – Parts of Sacramento under 20 feet of flood waters.

1955 – Floods in northern and central California result in 67 deaths.

1964 – Huge storm hits northern coast of California; resulting flood on Eel River kills 24 people.

1986 – Central California flooding leaves 14 dead and causes more than $1.5 billion in property damage.

1997 – Flooding kills eight and causes more than $2 billion in property damage; 48 counties declared disaster areas.

2004 – Upper Jones Tract levee break in June results in federal disaster declaration and $90 million in damage.

2006 – Governor declares state of emergency due to threat of major flooding in northern California and San Joaquin Valley.

(For more information on Levee Construction and Flood Protection Levels, please click the links at upper right.)