Georgetown takes steps to reduce San Gabriel River flooding

San Gabriel River (KXAN Photo)
San Gabriel River (KXAN Photo)

GEORGETOWN (KXAN) — The San Gabriel riverbank will soon have a new retaining wall in Georgetown. Natural events over the past 20 years have caused the river banks to erode, losing between 10 to 20 feet of land.

A 1,700-foot retaining wall will be constructed near the pedestrian bridge traveling east down the river, connecting up with the current retaining wall in San Gabriel Park. The project was identified as a priority in 2013.

Making sure the river is stabilized is the first step in the San Gabriel Park revitalization, which was part of 2008 bond election. This is an important public area for the Georgetown community. The project Manager for the city of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department, Dave Melaas, say it’s important to fix the issue now.

“If you don’t do anything about the issue or problem now, eventually in another 20 years we’ll have lost enough embankment to back up into our walking trails”

Melanie Plemos frequents San Gabriel Park and has seen the area flooded and covered with debris after a storm. She feels any effort to protect the area the quality of the park is important.

“The more opportunities for people to just come out to the park and it not be trashed with debris and the flood waters impacting the area, I’m sure it’ll be better for all the kids and adults to come out.”

Construction on the retaining wall will begin next month and is expected to be complete by June.

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