Council delays vote on revised Annex flood basin plan
Original post made on Jun 16, 2012
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on Jun 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm
I received a notice of a City Council Meeting next Tuesday @ 6:30pm about the Water District's Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project. I did a search for this project and found the District's descriptive page and associated fact sheet which states the following:
Permanente Creek has a history of flooding, having experienced major flooding in 1862, 1911, 1940, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1995 and 1998.
I then researched the District's Flood Reports. There is none for 1968, but the 1967's report says "Recent improvements on Permanente Creek functioned well." The 1995 report said "Permanente Creek overflowed at Park Drive and damaged two units of an apartment building." The 1998 report said "Permanente overflowed between Park Drive and Amphitheater Parkway." There was no mention of damage in 1998.
Of these three, all were down-stream from the Cuesta Park Neighborhood. I've lived in this neighborhood since January 1968, and I've never seen Permanente Creek overflow in our neighborhood.
I believe this is a boondoggle project, and the money would be better spent providing flood insurance to the Park Drive properties, or widen the channel of Permanente Creek in the Park Drive area, or provide a McKelvey Park basin.
on Jun 17, 2012 at 6:02 am
Not to argue the specifics, but the generally accepted way of doing flood control is to do it UPSTREAM of areas prone to flooding, so it would make logical sense that IF flood control was needed, it would take place upstream from where the flooding occurred.
on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:33 am
"A controversial plan for a city history museum in the back of the Annex was recently voted down by the City Council."
I don't think that's true. The council did reject putting a house in the annex, but they approved the museum several years ago. The reason the museum died recently was the historical association couldn't raise the funds before the deadline.