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Posted: 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. —
City officials in East Palo Alto said Wednesday they are declaring an emergency hoping to get state money for a quick levee fix before more rains hit the area. Officials said they've discovered several urgent problems with the breached levee on the San Francisquito Creek. At least two fallen trees, the new slumping of an old earthen levee and damage to a city maintained bridge have all become new worries for the city. "(There's) serious damages so we're concerned about the whole rainy season," said East Palo Alto Mayor Reuben Abrica. The city said late Wednesday it plans to ask Sacramento for about $2 million in emergency money. KTVU was at the creek 10 days ago when the creek flooded the Gardens neighborhood and damaged seven homes. "I'm seeing a lot of indifference and a blasé attitude from people who don't live there the people who live there are concerned," said East Palo Alto resident Dennis Parker. "We've exhausted our local and regional resources in addressing the immediate flood controls and the levee stabilization needs," said the City Manager Magda Gonzalez. The City Council will go into an emergency session Thursday to ratify this state of emergency. State officials are expected in East Palo Alto Thursday and residents are hoping the governor's staff understand the need.
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