After a busy fire season, corpsmembers are now sharpening their floodfighting skills. In Northern California, trained crews from Auburn, Fresno, Napa, Stockton and Watsonville took part in an exercise at Twitchell Island in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta.
The 75 corpsmembers filled sandbags, built sandbag walls, and constructed sandbag rings around a boil -- water bubbling up on the inside of a levee. While the exercise was good practice, the CCC has been dispatched to Twitchell Island and other nearby Delta islands many times over the years, to protect against rising waters.
In addition to the Twitchell Island exercise, CCC crews in other parts of the state are also honing their skills, ready to be called out if needed during winter storms and flooding.
The CCC has provided assistance in nearly every major flood or storm since the program was established in 1976.