While there will be an increase in truck traffic, noise and dust, Valley Water and contracted crews will do their best to minimize such impacts.

PROGRESS CONTINUES ON UPPER LLAGAS CREEK FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT IN SOUTH COUNTY


By John Varela

John Varela

Although Santa Clara County is facing a drought, flooding remains a threat to many of our communities. The last drought was followed by one of the wettest winters on record. Climate change has made extreme weather the new normal. Valley Water remains committed to keeping residents, schools and businesses safe through our flood protection projects and programs. On June 21, 2021, Valley Water began construction on the next phase of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project.

The entire project consists of about 13.9 miles of flood protection improvements along East Little Llagas Creek, West Little Llagas Creek and Llagas Creek within Gilroy, Morgan Hill and the unincorporated area of San Martin. Once we complete all phases of construction, the project will provide flood protection for about 1,100 homes, 500 businesses, and more than 1,300 acres of agricultural land in South County.

Our next section of work, Phase 2A, involves building an underground bypass tunnel about one-half mile in length and underground reinforced concrete box culverts roughly 1,600-feet long. During major storms, high flows will be