Flood Response

Crews fill and place sandbags to protect residents from floods during heavy rainstorms.

Corpsmembers protected property and homes during nearly every major flood since 1976. Often the CCC flood response targets islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

CCC crews work closely with the Department of Water Resources to repair and stabilize levees and protect them from wave-wash erosion. Corpsmembers also work throughout the state to aid communities facing threats from major storms or floods.

All corpsmembers receive Flood Fight training that includes techniques for properly filling and placing sandbags, protecting hillsides, and ensuring that crews are ready to respond when flooding occurs or severe winter storms are on the horizon. Since the CCC was established, crews have filled more than three million sandbags.

Flood prevention and flood fighting work can include:

  • Debris removal
  • Levee reinforcement
  • Boil containment
  • Filling and stockpiling sandbags
  • Sandbagging to protect buildings and structures
  • Hillside stabilization
  • Limited levee patrol
  • Evacuation assistance
  • Wave-wash protection

CCC crews also work summer and fall to clear flood channels and storm drains ahead of winter storms.

Local governments can request crews through the state mutual aid assistance systems operated by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES) or by entering into an agreement directly with the CCC.