Last week was Flood Preparedness Week. The California Department of Water Resources, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other government bodies generated publicity and staged events to encourage people to be ready for the worst from the state’s rivers.
In Sacramento, a ceremony on Friday at Garcia Bend Park unveiled the state’s first High-water Mark sign. The sign posted there refers to the February 1986 deluge that dumped record amounts of rain on Northern California. The city was spared from flooding, but residents had anxious days while water streamed by perilously close to the tops of levees.
The topmost red line shows the Sacramento River high-water level on the river side of the levee, across the levee to the right.
Garcia Bend Park is located in one of Sacramento's largest residential neighborhoods, the Greenhaven-Pocket area. If the levee had failed or was overtopped . . .
. . . foot traffic through the park would have been impossible.
. . . everything here and for miles around would have been underwater.
Maybe the flood preparedness event was a good idea. No rain is in sight, which means little, for the rainy season has just started. And the current Old Farmers Almanac says that our "Winter will be much rainier and cooler than normal, with mountain snowfall much greater than normal. Most of the rain, snow, and storminess will come in January and February, when storm damage will be a concern."
Directions:Interstate 5 exit: Meadowview/Pocket exit (Exit 512), 7 miles south of downtown Sacramento.
Route: Go west on Pocket Road, which will bend around to the north to run parallel to the river. Get in the left lane and watch for Blackwater Way, then Windbridge Drive. After passing Windbridge, prepare to make a left turn into the park.
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