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Rally Calls For More Funding To Repair State's Levees

Sally Schilling/Capital Public Radio

Sally Schilling/Capital Public Radio

About a hundred Yuba City area residents rallied with state lawmakers Friday calling for more funding to repair the state’s levees.

They were shuttled by golf cart in the heat to the top of a levee on the Feather River.

They say the levee needs more repairs before next winter, along with many other levees across the state.

Assemblyman James Gallagher called out Democratic lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown for rejecting his proposal for $100 million in the state budget for repairs.

"In this budget we’ve got, you know, building a new parking lot for state workers, the bullet train," Gallagher said. "People’s lives are more important than those things and they should be a priority in the budget and they’re not right now.""

Thursday night, Brown ordered an additional $30 million  from the Department of Water Resources' budget be directed to levee repairs across the state.

In February, the Governor’s office allocated $50 million in response to major storms.

Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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