The Delta Protection Commission’s newly released Delta Flood Preparedness 2015 calendar is chockfull of information. Every page contains not only useful tips on what to be aware of, how to be prepared, and what actions to take to minimize flood risks but also entertaining and pertinent historical facts about the Delta.
The calendar is likewise full of references – web sites, locations, and telephone numbers – of different places and agencies where residents in flood-prone areas can access and/or reach out to in times of emergencies.
“In the Delta, floods can happen without storms, without high tides, and without warning – even in a drought,” reads one of the Delta Levee Facts contained on every month page.
Each month also includes helpful “flood preparedness facts.”
“Don’t ever drive through flood waters. As little as two feet of moving water can lift and move a car,” states one of the four facts for the month of July.
“More people drown in their cars than anywhere else in a flood,” reads another message, followed by this caution, “Don’t drive around barricades. They are there for your safety.”
The Delta levee fact for the month of August states that “there are 1,100 miles of levees in the Delta, which provides a portion of the drinking water for two-thirds of the state’s population and irrigates 3 million acres, producing half the country’s fruits and vegetables and one-quarter of its dairy products.”
Colorful photographs of different Delta scenes including places inundated by flood waters make this 2015 calendar not just a wealth of historical and flood-safety information but a vault of captivating Delta scenes as well.
Delta Flood Preparedness Week this year was observed on October 20-25.
For more information about the Delta Flood Preparedness 2015 calender or about the Delta Protection Commission, visit www.delta.ca.gov/BePrepared.htm. For general inquiries and daily river and flood conditions, call the state-federal flood operations center at 888.952.5530.