Once the proposed steel curtain is driven through the levee, might it act as a dam to the natural drainage, thereby resulting in increased flooding? Has this technological fix worked elsewhere? It recalls similar repair methods being utilized in New Orleans, where they served only to weaken the flood defenses. So why are the supervisors in such a hurry to make the repairs without considering all factors?
Of course they claim to be protecting the county from economic liability, but it seems suspicious that the only section of the levee deemed “precarious” enough for emergency repairs is the one farthest from the existing homes of county taxpayers. Forget the fact that the levee’s condition was brought to the attention of the county supervisors by the developer whose adjacent property stands to benefit the most from the repairs. From where I stand, this looks like our locally-elected officials helping a private enterprise pull an end run around the Coastal Commission. Has anyone investigated whether campaign contributions were made to these officials by this developer?
Finally, it should be noted that Shea Homes has used the “carrot on the stick” promise of flood-control improvements benefiting “all nearby homeowners” in order to win the city’s approval for their project. But the maps they included in the ads they placed in the Daily Pilot clearly showed that the only ones benefiting from their plans were their future homeowners and those residents located miles upstream near their proposed, new pumping station. Those of us living closest to the proposed development will not have our flood hazard reduced nor our requirement for flood insurance removed, even after all improvements are made and disasters, both real and imagined, are averted by so-called emergency repairs.