updated 2/27/2006 11:04:54 AM ET 2006-02-27T16:04:54

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will visit California to tour Sacramento’s levees and assess the need for federal help, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday morning after meeting with the secretary.

Chertoff made the commitment during a meeting in which Schwarzenegger pressed him to support a federal disaster declaration for the fragile levee system. Schwarzenegger on Friday declared a state emergency for the river and delta levees to try to get quick funding to repair them.

“He said that he will help large urban area in the nation. That’s led to fears that an earthquake or flood could cause a Katrina-style catastrophe.

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