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Matsui, Nadler, and Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Include Flood Protection Funding in Infrastructure Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), and Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), along with 20 colleagues, sent a letter to President Joe Biden to address the urgency of climate resiliency and enhancing flood protection measures in the upcoming infrastructure plan.

Through climate change, our nation’s weather patterns are shifting, leading to shorter, more intense water runoff that strain rivers. The Sacramento region, surrounded by the American and Sacramento Rivers, is posed with unique challenges and relies on federal, state, and local partners in its comprehensive dam and levee system. Additionally, rising sea levels threaten coastal communities, particularly in California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.

Flooding has become the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States, devastating businesses, uprooting families, and straining governments’ resources at all levels. Through an extensive infrastructure package, the Biden Administration can proactively address future flood risk and increase funding for the Army Corps of Engineers.

“The Sacramento region is one of the most flood prone in the country, presenting unique challenges that require bold investments to keep our community safe from disaster,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “With the devastating impacts of the climate crisis, flood damage continues to rise across the nation, hurting families and businesses. As we implement the next stage of President Biden’s plan to revive our economy and improve our aging infrastructure, it is essential that we continue to prioritize our flood resilience and protect communities most vulnerable to flood risk.”

“Eight years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed thousands of homes, and caused nearly $20 billion in damages, New York City, like so many other coastal communities, remains deeply vulnerable to future storm surges,” said Rep. Nadler. “As climate change drives higher sea levels, flood-prone regions like New York City face increasingly frequent and severe weather events. Equitable and effective flood mitigation is urgently needed to protect our communities, our economy, and our environment now and for decades to come. I am thankful that President Biden has moved quickly to address the climate crisis and has committed to improving our nation’s resilience against the impacts of climate change. As we move into the next phase of the President’s plan to Build Back Better and address our country’s aging infrastructure, I am proud to join my colleagues in calling for large-scale investments to enhance the resilience of our communities.”

“I’m grateful for the steps President Biden has taken from Day One to manage flood risks and strengthen resilience across America,” said Rep. Kathy Castor, Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. “Like so many parts of the country, my community in Tampa Bay is particularly susceptible to dangerous storm surge as we already are experiencing rising seas, worsening floods, and other costly risks fueled by the climate crisis. Today my colleagues and I are urging the President to make greater investments in flood protection, in order to protect our local economies and make further progress on his promise to Build Back Better,”

A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

Congresswoman Matsui has been a long-time champion of Northern California’s flood protection infrastructure and has played a pivotal role in securing critically important funds to fortify the Sacramento region. Congresswoman Matsui’s work has led to dozens of miles of levee improvements along the American and Sacramento Rivers, flood walls in urban South Sacramento, and the bolstering of the Folsom Dam. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for flood-related needs in the region. The Biden Administration’s infrastructure package adds another critically important opportunity to build upon these previous steps.

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