By: Alex Breitler

More than $1 million that could have gone toward protecting Stockton from future floods will instead be spent proving that levees strengthened as recently as the late 1990s remain structurally sound.

The San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency argues the levees are fine. But the agency had little choice in deciding this week to spend the public money.

Federal regulations have changed, and failure to act could eventually have triggered mandatory flood insurance for 400,000 Stockton residents.


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