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Winter Levee Work Begins On Feather River

  

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency has begun work on a two-mile section of the Feather River south of Star Bend. It is about 12 miles south of Yuba City.

Chuck Smith, public information officer for Sutter County, says the work is in the area of the river that is higher than normal because of heavy rains and releases from Lake Oroville.

"This work is not being done on a levee that's in any immediate danger, but it's in an area where there's historic seepage," Smith says.

Smith explains the repair is part of a 44-mile-long project to protect the Yuba City Basin from the kind of flooding that happened across the river 20 years ago.

"Most of it is armored with an impermeable slurry wall down the middle of the levee," Smith says. "The levee is in much better shape than it was in 1997 and that slurry wall is performing remarkably well. "

This two-mile section is east of Laurel Avenue and Highway 99.

Smith says the project will cost about $5 million.