The House of Representatives has approved a bill to pay for several water-related infrastructure projects across the US, including levee improvements to protect Sacramento from major flooding.
The Water Resources, Reform, and Development Act will speed up the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review process which has delayed projects like the Natomas Levee Improvement Program.
Sacramento City Councilman Councilman Steve Hansen expressed relief after the long process,
"We've literally been waiting like 5 or 6 years for the funding to finish the levees so we can restore 100-year flood protection, that if someone's house burns down we can rebuild it."
The bill will cover $1 billion of the $1.4 billion dollar project.
Local funds have paid for nearly half of the 42-mile levee system which is designed to protect Sacramento from a 200-year flood.