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March 13, 2003
Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Chris Cox have successfully lobbied President George W. Bush for continued federal funding of the 20-year Santa Ana River flood control project. Bush has included $19.8 million in funding for four such projects in his budget covering the 2003-04 fiscal year, which would begin Oct. 1. The money would, local officials hope, go toward removing Orange County's flood-plane designation from the area that requires homeowners to shell out at least $800 per year for flood insurance.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | December 13, 2007
A crumbling levee near the Bolsa Chica wetlands held up fine after two consecutive weekend rainstorms, county flood control officials said. But runoff from the rain raised bacteria levels in local waters, contributing to warnings of unhealthy water conditions for a portion of Huntington State Beach after a sewage spill. Emergency work to shore up the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Flood Control Channel has been delayed till early January, said Nadeem Majaj, flood control division manager for the county.
NEWS
November 15, 2001
Bryce Alderton Surf City Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. recently fought for, and won, $1.9 million in federal grant money for Huntington Beach. The grants will address the issues of urban runoff, flood control and coastal erosion. The U.S. House of Representatives approved two bills in the past two weeks, the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for $1 million, and the Department of Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill for $900,000.
NEWS
June 1, 2000
Several new ideas -- some good, some bad -- have surfaced recently about how to solve the problems of contaminated urban runoff into the ocean off Huntington Beach. The county and city have come up with a laudable plan for completely blocking urban runoff from several of the flood control channels. They have already made plans to divert the runoff from the flood control pump stations into the sewer system, where it will receive treatment before being discharged.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Bryce Alderton About 13,000 Huntington Beach residents will be saving big bucks in the years to come since they are no longer required to pay flood insurance according to the city's planning department. On Feb. 13 the 90-day window closed to appeal a new flood control map drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Since no appeals were filed, fewer property owners in the southwest portion of the city will be required to pay flood insurance.
NEWS
By: Dave Brooks | September 29, 2005
An ambitious improvement project is planned for two of the city's longest flood-control canals. Engineers with the Orange County Flood Control District plan to expand the capacity of the Wintersburg channel in North Huntington Beach and the Oceanview channel in the south part of town. The move will increase storm protection in low-lying areas and allow homeowners to drop costly flood insurance, project manager Phil Jones said. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has eight options on the table to improve the 15.5 miles of coastal outflow channels running as far inland as Orange and Anaheim.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | March 13, 2008
With emergency work finished on a levee that flood control officials feared would crumble in a major storm, county officials are already planning to shore up the rest of the flood control channel it’s a part of even more thoroughly. Officials held a public meeting this week to inform residents who live near Graham Street and Kenilworth Drive about the repairs to the north side of the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel, just below Graham Street. With the emergency repairs done, workers can do heavier work on the channel, said Orange County Flood Control District Manager Nadeem Majaj.
NEWS
October 26, 2000
Surf City Realtors will host a community forum for residents to discuss flood insurance rates at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Murdy Community Center, 7000 Norma Ave. Homeowners are invited to discuss their concerns over flood control and insurance in the city, as well as the rights of residents when choosing an insurer. City Council members and other officials will attend to address those concerns, Realtors said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System has classified the city a Class 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | November 1, 2007
County officials will do whatever it takes to keep neighborhoods dry north of a crumbling levee if it breaks this winter before emergency repairs are finished, they told residents this week. About 50 residents gathered Monday night at an informational meeting regarding the north side of the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel, which county officials say could break during the next big storm if not shored up. Officials explained plans to push huge metal sheets 30 feet into the dirt levees now that the County Board of Supervisors has declared it an emergency.
NEWS
November 8, 2007
What issues are behind the levee repairs? Recent reports of the Orange County supervisors authorizing $8 million to $10 million for emergency repairs for an isolated stretch of levee that borders the Bolsa Chica wetlands seems curious. After all, what has changed since 2005 to suddenly make the situation worthy of a local emergency declaration? And why is it only the north side of the flood control channel that is deteriorating? Could it be due to the historical, natural water course that flows through Shea Homes?
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By Alicia Lopez | March 19, 2013
Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley police have arrested four youths suspected of being involved in a string of burglaries in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Between Jan. 18 and March 13, 18 burglaries were reported in the southeast region of Huntington Beach and eight burglaries were reported in the southwest portion of Fountain Valley, according to a news release from the Fountain Valley Police Department. There were also 15 attempted burglaries in the areas. The suspects were apprehended after an investigation by detectives from both departments, according to the release.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
A Huntington Beach environmental nonprofit has partnered with the county in an attempt to block trash from flowing into the ocean through a pair of flood control channels. The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, a group dedicated to restoring the city's coastal wetlands, and the Orange County Flood Control Division hope to have permits within a year to install booms in the Huntington Beach and Talbert channels, which intersect and drain near the Santa Ana River. The conservancy approached the county last year after it finished a restoration project on the wetlands.
NEWS
February 1, 2010
A Huntington Beach petroleum plant may be responsible for an oil spill late last month, the California Department of Fish and Game announced today. According to Carol Singleton, a spokeswoman for the department, officials were nearly certain the oil came from the Angus Petroleum Corporation at 1901 California St., but were running tests before taking any action. “We’re very sure,” she said. “But we have to be really thorough, so we’ve taken oil samples and we’re getting them processed through our petroleum chemistry lab. All indication is that it’s the Angus plant.
NEWS
January 22, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fire Department and other agencies are working to clean an apparent oil spill in a flood control channel east of Beach Boulevard. The Fire and Public Works departments joined with the Department of Fish and Game, Coast Guard and Orange County Health Department to contain the problem after calls came in about 9 a.m. today. Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the fire department, said the responders were trying to determine the substance’s origin. “They pretty much have determined it is oil,” she said.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | March 13, 2008
With emergency work finished on a levee that flood control officials feared would crumble in a major storm, county officials are already planning to shore up the rest of the flood control channel it’s a part of even more thoroughly. Officials held a public meeting this week to inform residents who live near Graham Street and Kenilworth Drive about the repairs to the north side of the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel, just below Graham Street. With the emergency repairs done, workers can do heavier work on the channel, said Orange County Flood Control District Manager Nadeem Majaj.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | January 9, 2008
Rain fell hard on Huntington Beach this weekend, but heavy precipitation didn’t flood neighborhoods next to a crumbling levee. Just after the eroding East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel next to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands passed the test of heavy rainfall this weekend, workers began Monday to bolster it against collapse. As rain began to fall Friday, Orange County Flood Control employees patrolled the area around the clock to make sure waters wouldn’t spill into the surrounding neighborhood.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | December 13, 2007
A crumbling levee near the Bolsa Chica wetlands held up fine after two consecutive weekend rainstorms, county flood control officials said. But runoff from the rain raised bacteria levels in local waters, contributing to warnings of unhealthy water conditions for a portion of Huntington State Beach after a sewage spill. Emergency work to shore up the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Flood Control Channel has been delayed till early January, said Nadeem Majaj, flood control division manager for the county.
NEWS
November 8, 2007
What issues are behind the levee repairs? Recent reports of the Orange County supervisors authorizing $8 million to $10 million for emergency repairs for an isolated stretch of levee that borders the Bolsa Chica wetlands seems curious. After all, what has changed since 2005 to suddenly make the situation worthy of a local emergency declaration? And why is it only the north side of the flood control channel that is deteriorating? Could it be due to the historical, natural water course that flows through Shea Homes?
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | November 1, 2007
County officials will do whatever it takes to keep neighborhoods dry north of a crumbling levee if it breaks this winter before emergency repairs are finished, they told residents this week. About 50 residents gathered Monday night at an informational meeting regarding the north side of the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel, which county officials say could break during the next big storm if not shored up. Officials explained plans to push huge metal sheets 30 feet into the dirt levees now that the County Board of Supervisors has declared it an emergency.
NEWS
By: Dave Brooks | September 29, 2005
An ambitious improvement project is planned for two of the city's longest flood-control canals. Engineers with the Orange County Flood Control District plan to expand the capacity of the Wintersburg channel in North Huntington Beach and the Oceanview channel in the south part of town. The move will increase storm protection in low-lying areas and allow homeowners to drop costly flood insurance, project manager Phil Jones said. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has eight options on the table to improve the 15.5 miles of coastal outflow channels running as far inland as Orange and Anaheim.
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