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Congresswoman Matsui: There's Nothing To Fear About Region's Levee System, Folsom Dam


Democratic Congresswoman Doris Matsui says the Sacramento area has nothing to fear from Folsom Dam and the Capital region's levee system during this big winter storm.

Matsui opened up a health care town hall meeting she held Monday morning in Sacramento by reassuring the crowd:

“Just a little weather report here, or maybe a report about the levees and Folsom Dam – we’re fine. We’re fine,” said Matsui. 

And she told reporters she’s looking forward to the completion of the Folsom Dam’s auxiliary spillway. The $900 million project has been in the works for a decade and is scheduled to wrap up by October.

“I feel very, very confident about Folsom Dam. We’ve been working on that for at least a decade," said Matsui. "We have a new spillway, which is gonna be operational, so that we don’t have to wait for the water to get to the top in order to release water.” 

Matsui also said she was surprised by the Oroville Dam crisis and believes other dams will need to undergo inspections.

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