The risk of flooding in the Delta is a complicated issue, as over 1,100 miles of levees might imply – but there is more to it. In other regions, levees are dry all year and only hold back floodwaters – Delta levees hold back water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, not just when the rivers run high. Also, the legal Delta encompasses parts of five different counties, all of which have their own emergency response offices, first responders, and procedures. Very often a Delta resident’s closest first responders geographically are technically in another county. All of these things make Delta Emergency Preparedness efforts unique within California.
This year, Delta Flood Preparedness Week is in coordination with California Flood Preparedness Week. Federal, state, and local agencies are joining together to inform Delta residents and all Californians about flood awareness and preparedness to improve public safety.
We also have a wealth of tips and resources available on our Flood Emergency Preparedness webpage.