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Levee Repairs Will Take Weeks To Fix

It will take at least 45 days for work crews to repair a broken levee and pump out the water that is flooding miles of farmland near Stockton.

Workers are waiting for the floodwaters to completely fill a roughly six-mile-square island of low-lying farmland.

Crews are working to shore up the embankments of a levee after parts of it gave way early yesterday.

The area is sparsely populated, but about 270 people have been evacuated.

About eleven-thousand acres of alfalfa, wheat and tomatoes are under water.

Officials still have no reason why the privately-maintained levee failed.