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As El Niño gathers strength, lawmakers look to fortify Pajaro’s flood-ravaged levee

As Californians brace for the possibility of yet another wet winter — thanks to a looming El Niño — anxiety is growing in the Central Coast towns of Pajaro and Watsonville, where epic storms caused extensive flood damage earlier this year.

  • Susanne Rust
  • Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday, California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) introduced legislation designed to expedite construction and upgrades along the Pajaro River levee — a 74-year-old earthen flood control berm that breached just before spring, inundating the mostly migrant farmworker town of Pajaro.

“The historic storms and flooding this past March were devastating to the…

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