Could Sacramento Flood Like New Orleans? It's Possible, But Water Managers Are Trying To Make It Less Likely

Sacramento River
The Sacramento River levee system separates the Pocket neighborhood — bordered by the river on the north, west and south — from the water. Ezra David Romero / CapRadio

Weak and problematic levees are a big reason why there was so much destruction when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. But could something like this happen in the Sacramento region? The answer CapRadio heard from levee experts is yes, Sacramento could see that type of flooding, but there are a lot of things that lower that risk.

“It’s not really a matter if a big flood’s going to happen, it's just a matter of when,” said Nicholas Pinter, associate director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

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