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California governor seeks flood control funds


February 24, 2017   by The Associated Press


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California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend $437 million on immediate flood control and emergency response actions in the storm-drenched state.

Cars are partially submerged and covered in mud from receding floodwaters Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Brown said Friday he would do that by redirecting $50 million from the state general fund and requesting a $387 million appropriation from the voter-approved 2014 Proposition 1 water bond.

Both actions require approval by the state Legislature, and Brown is asking that it be done as soon as possible.

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Brown also is seeking updates on flood inundation maps and emergency action plans as well as enhanced dam inspections.

The governor says California has nearly $50 billion in unmet flood-management infrastructure needs.