Sutter County's documentary on the 1955 flood will be shown
five times a day on Comcast Channel 19 beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10.
"The 1955 Sutter County Flood" was produced by Sutter County
as part of its effort to inform residents about the nature of the flood
threat posed by area rivers, and emerging concerns about the integrity
of the levee system that protects homes, schools and businesses.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has re-mapped one third of
Sutter County into a "high risk" flood zone, requiring flood
insurance on most properties. Much of the remainder of Sutter County
is expected to be re-mapped into a "high risk" flood zone in
2011. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency is developing a plan to
bring levees up to new federal standards to protect the area
The 79-minute documentary combines still pictures and film footage
from the 1955 flood, radio interviews conducted by KUBA's Dutch
Klemp in the days following the flood, and interviews of flood survivors
conducted in 2009.
On Dec. 24, 1955, a levee collapsed one mile south of Yuba City and the
Feather River poured into Sutter County, fanning out in a 180 degree arc.
It flooded 90 percent of Yuba City, inundated farms to the west and
south, and killed 38 people.
Flood insurance on structures was not available in 1955. The emergency
assistance provided by the American Red Cross was one of its largest
efforts ever in the U.S. at the time.
The documentary will air for several weeks on Channel 19, the Comcast
government access channel, Monday through Friday, at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
noon, 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In coming weeks, the documentary will be available on DVD from the
Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.