After delays, Sutter-Butte Levee construction resumes

Jul 1, 2015 7:54 PM by News Staff

Construction is finally resuming at the Sutter-Butte Levee along the Feather River, one of the largest active flood protection projects in the country.

After months of delays, construction resumed Wednesday on the West River Levee Project, a 44 mile long project aimed at protecting 95,000 residents from Yuba City to Gridley.

Repairs stalled in 2014 when 13 sites of Native American artifact, including burial grounds were discovered at a construction site. A discovery some experts believe to be the largest of its kind in Northern California history.

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and United Auburn Indian Council are working together to find an agreement for the handling of cultural resources found during additional levee work in Sutter County, which SBFCA says will not start until the agreements are finalized. In the meantime work will continue on the Butte County segment.

The Yuba City Levee failure in 1955 claimed 37 lives, and it is expected that when this project is complete, it will provide 100 to 200 years of flood protection.


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