Residents Worried About Levees in Yuba City

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YUBA CITY --

In Yuba City on Thursday, the rain was just beginning.

Nestled in the heart of town, at the foot of one of its many levees, lies Julia Sanchez’s home.

"I'm a little bit worried about the levee and all the people that live under there," said Sanchez.

Julia and her son Benito have lived here almost 35 years. In 1986 the levees failed, they say the memories are haunting.

She recalls the entire neighborhood being washed away. Miraculously, her home received little damage.

"Just right there, up through there, it was all the houses, they lost their houses," said Sanchez.

Sutter County Public Information Officer Chuck Smith says officials are prepared to react if the wet weekend brings trouble with it.

"The National Weather Service is letting us know that we have a lot of rain on the way," said Smith.

Rivers in this region are rising, many breaching their banks. A chance for crews to test out flood mitigation systems and see how effective they can be.

"The bypass system itself carries flood water from the Sacramento River through channeled levees through Sutter County. It takes the pressure off of Sacramento," said Smith.

From streets and highways to rivers and weirs, officials are preparing themselves and those who live in the area.

"The main concern right now is flooding on streets and a big concern, we lost someone in neighboring Yuba County last weekend. Don't drive through flooded roads, turn around," said Smith.

As river levels rise and travel becomes complicated, it’s a reminder that mother nature plays by her own rules.

"We need the water, and some people worry but you know, we need it," said Sanchez.

For a listing of sandbag locations in Sutter County:
http://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cs/pw/wr/fp/sandbag

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