Santa Maria River levee project would get $6 million in proposed U.S. budget

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $6.089 million in the proposed federal budget to complete construction of an additional section of the Santa Maria River levee to provide complete flood protection to the city of Santa Maria, federal officials announced.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino said in a news release, “This is extremely good news, as it will eliminate the need for homeowners in Santa Maria to purchase additional flood insurance.”

This final leg of the project, known as the Bradley Canyon extension, will finish the Santa Maria River levee repair project and ensure that the levees can withstand a 100-year flood, according to federal officials.