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Schwarzenegger Says Chertoff Commits To Touring Ca Levees

Washington, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has announced that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will visit California to tour Sacramento´s levees and assess the need for federal help.

The governor made the announcement this morning after meeting with the secretary in Washington. Chertoff made the commitment during a meeting in which Schwarzenegger pressed him to support a federal disaster declaration for the fragile levee system.

On Friday, Schwarzenegger declared a state emergency for the river and delta levees to try to get quick funding to repair them. Schwarzenegger toured the levees himself by helicopter several days before issuing the disaster declaration.

Because of weaknesses in the hundreds of miles of crumbling levees, some built more than 100 years ago, Sacramento has less than 100-year flood protection, the lowest of any large urban area in the nation.

That´s led to fears that an earthquake or flood could cause a Katrina-style catastrophe.