High Water Signs Used for Flood Awareness

SACRAMENTO –

Local flood officials unveiled a sign marking the high water mark during the devastating 1986 flood in an effort to increase flood awareness.  More of them will be going up in the area soon.

“I think all us when we saw that red mark thought ‘wow that’s a lot of water’,” said Carol Garcia, Vice-mayor of Roseville.

Garcia was flooded out of her home during the 1986 flood which devastated her family emotionally and financially.  The high water signs will be posted  in Roseville as well.

Congress member Doris Matsui of Sacramento has been instrumental in getting federal funding for levee repairs in the region.  State and local funding also help on-going levee repairs.

“We’re safer than we’ve ever been in our history, you know what? You live behind a levee and there’s water there,” said Matsui, who is reminding people to be prepared.

Kevin Swanson of the Flood Management Division of the State Department of Water Resources agrees. He said it’s too late if you don’t have a plan before an evacuation order may come.

“You have an idea of where you might be going, how you’re going to get out, what you want to bring with you when you go,” said Swanson. The event at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento was part of a concerted effort to get people to think about evacuations and other flood disaster planning.