Storms caused $41M damage to Zone 7 channels
The Zone 7 Water Agency estimates it will cost $41 million over the next five years to repair 177 flood channel sites that were damaged during last winter’s heavy storms. The water agency’s board began to address the issue during its Nov. 15 meeting, which included a 5-0 vote to spend an initial $6.1 million of that price tag on design and permitting services to begin the repair process. … Last year, Zone 7 officials declared local states of emergency for each of a series of heavy storms that hit the Bay Area from January through March. Justin Pascual, a Zone 7 water resources engineer, told the board the storms’ intensity caused significant damage to Zone 7’s channels, many of them natural, including failures along banks, severe erosion, exposure of pipes, damage to concrete, and endangerment of roads.