An eroding levee in northeast Huntington Beach is a flood emergency and must be fixed now, county supervisors voted unanimously at their meeting this week.
Supervisors authorized $8 million to $10 million to fix 3,800 feet of levee on the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel, a stretch from Graham Street to its opening at Pacific Coast Highway. Orange County Flood Control District officials said the work would take about 75 days after a sped-up bidding process that could get things going by the end of the month.
The earthen levee has been eroding badly since major storms in 2005, according to a county staff report. To shore it up, workers will drive huge metal sheets through the center of the levee, 45 feet long, 22 inches wide and 15 inches deep; they will also pack down the dirt still there.