Storm inundates rivers; National Guard deployed |

Storm inundates rivers; National Guard deployed

Kurt Molnar / Nevada Appeal / State workers Steve Watson, left, and Michael Sunderland, right, load sandbags in the rain near Ormsby Boulevard in preparation of anticipated flooding. The bags were delivered to flood prone areas in Carson City.

CARSON CITY – Commuters made their way home atop wet streets Monday evening as state workers continued to watch for storm-related problems as the first of two big storms struck the area.

Workers were patrolling the city in search of potential problems including some turbid runoff along areas of the 2004 Waterfall fire. Prison crews from the Nevada Division of Forestry were in Carson City and other parts of the region, assisting with storm preparations.

State officials flew over the Carson and Truckee rivers from the air Monday and took photographs of areas that might be prone to flooding. The National Guard will also be deployed to assist in cleanup or repair efforts, if needed, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday for lower portions of the Carson and Truckee rivers.

The subtropical storm was considered warm when it arrived, with the snow level at 8,000 feet through much of Monday. That will change today as snow is expected to fall around lake level, according to the National Weather Service. Low snow means slower runoff into the region’s waterways, including the Carson River, which is expected to crest near or at flood stage by midafternoon today.

The city has made some progress in clearing storm drains overfilled during the New Year’s weekend flood with Waterfall fire debris, but hasn’t completed the work, said Andrew Burnham, the city’s development services director.

The Nevada Department of Transportation has warned motorists of the potential for rocks and mudslides in such areas as Kingsbury Grade, Highway 50 and Mount Rose Highway. Workers have been checking roadside drains and culverts, said Scott Magruder, NDOT spokesman.

The National Weather Service warns flooding dangers will continue until Wednesday. Chances for snow are decreased today and Wednesday, but the next major storm is being predicted to reach the area Thursday and to continue into Friday.

– Geoff Dornan of the Nevada Appeal’s Capitol Bureau contributed to this story.

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