California Seeks Federal Money for Levee System

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A view of the Sacramento River and Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood i

A view of the Sacramento River and Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as seen from the levee that divides them. Flood control experts say this neighborhood would look like the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans if this levee fails. Tamara Keith for NPR hide caption

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A view of the Sacramento River and Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood

A view of the Sacramento River and Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as seen from the levee that divides them. Flood control experts say this neighborhood would look like the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans if this levee fails.

Tamara Keith for NPR

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has highlighted the dismal state of the California levee system. He's declared a state of emergency and is asking for millions of dollars to repair the system. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff will visit and inspect the levees on Friday as he weighs Schwarzenegger's request for more federal dollars. Tamara Keith of member station KPCC reports.

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