Cost to repair flood damage along Carson River to run $5 million |

Cost to repair flood damage along Carson River to run $5 million

CARSON CITY (AP) – It will cost about $5 million to repair damage caused by New Year’s Day weekend flooding along the Carson River in Nevada, federal officials said.

Dan Kaffer, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, said floods damaged bridges, water lines and diversion dams.

Floods also caused considerable riverbank erosion and dumped trees, rock, gravel and sand on farm and ranch fields, he said.

Though the damage is extensive, Kaffer said, not much money is available for repairs.

Officials’ top priority is to remove debris clogging the Carson and diversion ditches, Kaffer said. Then they will stabilize banks and restore the river.

“Opening up those diversions gets water from the river, and then the farmers can irrigate their fields,” Kaffer told the Nevada Appeal.

The Carson Water Subconservancy District and the Douglas County and Dayton Valley conservation districts are heading efforts to find funds for repairs before the irrigation season starts, he added.

Earlier this month, President Bush declared Carson City, and Douglas and Lyon counties along the Carson a disaster area.

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