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California Still At Risk Of Floods During Drought

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

California Conservation Corps members fill sandbags as part of flood training on Twitchell Island.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

California Conservation Corps members are filling hundreds of sandbags. A few feet away an excavator operated by the local reclamation district is moving boulders to reinforce a levee.

Local state and federal agencies are operating as if it’s flooding, even during California’s drought. Bill Croyle is the Emergency Manager with the California Department of Water Resources.

“California usually gets its precipitation in three to four or five big storms, starting about this time of year," says Bill Croyle, emergency manager with the California Department of Water Resources. "So we want to be prepared to not only address our concerns with the state’s flood control system but support our local agencies and that’s what we’re doing today.”

Twitchell Island is one of eight islands critical to California’s water supply.

If a levee were to breach there it could have devastating consequences for water that is pumped to central and southern California.