Carson crews fight to keep up as snowfall adds to flood concerns
CARSON CITY – What began as an effort to clean up the capital city following two days of torrential rain ended with city crews shifting to snow removal as winter weather blasted the area Monday afternoon.
“We have moved from flooding mode to snow removal. We sent home the 30 contractors hired to assist with cleaning up the city,” said Liz Teixeira, community relations officer for Carson City.
Crews began in the Lakeview and Timberline areas and worked their way down into Carson City Monday afternoon, but Teixeira said the biggest concern was the forecast of rain overnight and into Tuesday.
“If it starts raining again, we will go back into flood mode. We still have hand crews sandbagging and crews working to clean the drainage system to allow it to hold the amount of water it was designed for,” said Teixeira.
Sandbags are still available at the city’s corporate yard on Butti Way, on Ormsby Boulevard at Winnie Lane and on Ormsby Boulevard at Washington Street.
“The public is also welcome to take any sandbags sitting on pallets placed around the city. We are periodically replenishing those as we can,” said Teixeira.
The snowy conditions hampered driving conditions as well, causing several accidents and stalled vehicles throughout the city, including a rollover accident on Highway 395 near Eastlake Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Injuries there didn’t appear to be serious.
The snow also caused the closure of several roads, including Morgan Mill Road from Empire Ranch Road to Deer Run Road and Combs Canyon Road from Lakeview to Timberline.
The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 56 accidents since Friday night, including 16 involving injuries.
Joe Childs, operator of Carson-weather.com, said the snow added to an already heavy weekend of precipitation. Since Friday afternoon, Childs had measured 4.07 inches of total precipitation for the city and said there is still the possibility of more on the way.
“We still have a system out in California, but it has stalled. There is still plenty of moisture in the air. It’s just if the system will make it over the hill,” said Childs.
The National Weather Service issued a severe snow warning for Carson City that lasted most of the day and was allowed to expire Monday evening, according to meteorologist Shane Snyder.
“The snow will continue through Monday but taper off into Tuesday and then no more precipitation is expected. Tuesday should be partly cloudy with highs in the 40s,” said Snyder.
Despite the continued threat of more water, city crews have begun assessing both residential and commercial flood damage in advance of representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency arriving later this week.
The city is asking those with flood damage to call (775) 887-2355 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lyon County residents are being asked to call the Lyon County Dispatch at (775) 463-6620 or (775) 577-5023 to request sandbags or report flood damage to buildings and property.
Also, because of the inclement weather, the city has suspended its Christmas tree recycling pick-up program for the week. When conditions improve, the program will be re-instated.
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