Last week’s news that the feds will no longer pay to rebuild some local levees after a flood was a surprise, San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller said at a meeting Monday.
Local officials thought they had a couple more years to deal with encroachments on the levees, things like steps and patios and fences built by neighbors who live immediately behind those levees, Ruhstaller said.
Still, given the fact that none of those levees have failed in recent history, there’s no undue cause for alarm, he said.
“It’s not like, come winter, ‘God help us, we’re screwed,’” Ruhstaller said. “We’re going to keep working through this.”