Salton City's flood control project finished

October 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

SALTON CITY — Residents here will no longer fear floods thanks to a recently finished flood control project.

The $250,000 flood control project was completed last week and was designed and funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Residents living along the Palm Coral Wash here had their homes flooded in August 2000 after a "100-year storm" broke existing levees in two places.

The flood caused homes and business to be inundated with mud and water and, until the levees were repaired, exposed the homes to further damage by other storms.

"The work has taken a little longer than we would have liked, due to delays in obtaining permits and coordinating bids for the work," said Steve Cameron, conservationist for the NRCS in El Centro.


"However, we were ultimately able to get the job done before any rains and to do it for 25 percent under our original estimate," said Cameron.

The work to repair the levees was done by Jacobson Engineering from Palm Desert.

Salton City leaders approached NRCS for assistance in October 2000 after failing to find a county or state program or grant that applied to their situation.

The NRCS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was able to fund the work under its emergency watershed protection program, which pays for 75 percent of projects designed to repair watersheds damaged by natural disasters.

The Salton Community Services District provided the remaining 25 percent share of the cost.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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