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Project To Repair Subpar River Levee In Ventura County Gets Key Approval

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Ventura County has cleared the last big hurdle towards making critical repairs to a levee which federal officials say might not be able to handle a massive storm.

Ventura County Supervisors approved studies aimed at upgrading the earth and rock levee on parts of the Santa Clara River in the Oxnard area.

It’s been a concern for years. Federal inspectors say a section of the south bank of the levee might not stand up to a 100 year storm, leaving 3800 structures in South Oxnard at risk.

After seven years of studies, and planning, the Ventura County Watershed Protection District presented County Supervisors with an environmental impact report, and other documents needed to proceed with work to upgrade about two miles of the riverbank. Nearby residents support the effort, which was approved by supervisors.

Work on the multi-phase improvement is expected to start this fall.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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