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Manteca levee undergoes repairs to prep for flooding
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Crews fix San Joaquin County levee, prep for potential flooding

MANTECA - San Joaquin County Office of Emergency officials work to repair an eroding levee on the San Joaquin River before Sierra snow begins to melt.

Thirteen miles of the levee off of South Airport Way in Manteca is being reinforced by CalNeva Construction in a project that began, Saturday, Jan. 8.

"The river is eating into the riverbank so far that the riprap protection rocks are falling off into the river and offering no protection," said Roy Boyd, of Reclamation District 2064, which owns the thirteen miles of the levee.

In 1997, the San Joaquin River rose to 26 feet and flooded the Manteca Sportsman Club and firing range. The fields were under six feet of water and the buildings had to be rebuilt.

"Those buildings were waist deep in water," said Boyd.

The river is currently at 21.5 feet, but Boyd said anything above 24 feet will break the levee and flood the area, which is mostly farm land.

"Today we're stockpiling and cleaning up the area of heavy machinery to move through. Tomorrow will start on the riprap in the water," said Kevin Malone, general contractor for CalNeva Construction.

The levee repair project should be completed in 15 days.

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