California Budget-Floods

A driveway is flooded, earlier this month, by the overflowing San Ysidro creek in Montecito. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed cutting $40 million from the state budget for floodplain projects to help balance the state budget.

SACRAMENTO — Multiple flood protection projects in California are on hold after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed cutting their funding to help cover a $22.5 billion budget deficit — a decision disappointing environmental advocates as weeks of powerful storms have caused widespread flooding that damaged homes and washed away roads.

Newsom’s budget proposal, released, last week, cuts $40 million that had been pledged for floodplain restoration projects along rivers in the San Joaquin Valley, an area at high risk of catastrophic flooding.

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