Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on the state to invest more than $400 million in flood control and emergency response. The governor's move on Friday comes after heavy storms damaged a spillway at Oroville Dam earlier this month, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people.
By the end of this fiscal year, $50 million for immediate flood prevention will be redirected to the general fund. Brown is also requesting the Legislature approve spending more than $380 million from the water bond voters approved in 2014. That money would go to various flood control projects over the coming two fiscal years.
Brown says, overall, California has $187 billion worth of infrastructure needs that it must start addressing right away.
“When the roof is leaking, if you don’t fix it, it will cost more later. So yeah, it’s serious, but I wouldn’t panic," he said.
Brown has sent a letter to President Trump listing 10 high-priority infrastructure projects he hopes the White House can assist with. But Brown acknowledges the state's currently tense relationship with the administration presents some challenges.