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Valley flood damage could hit $500,000

Susie Vasquez

MINDEN – This weekend’s storms caused an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 in damages in Carson Valley, said County Manager Dan Holler.

The heavy rains inundated smaller streambeds and residential areas like Jacks Valley, in addition to the river corridor and Valley floor, he said.

Flooding exposed fiber optic cables above Jacks Valley Road near the Genoa Lakes Golf Resort, as well as areas around Walley’s Hot Springs. In the east Valley near the intersection of Johnson and Nye Lanes, a third of the road washed away.

“The whole Foothill area had minor mudslides,” he said. “For example Nixon Street in Genoa, where we have a drainage problem, was a disaster.”

Minor flooding plagued Jacks Valley Road, which was closed at times to remove debris, as well as Kimmerling Road and Highway 88, Holler said.

The East Fork of the Carson River reached flood stage at about 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and dropped below again about 12 hours later.

At its peak, the river there flowed at 9,000 cubic feet per second.

In Woodfords, the river reached flood stage at about 5 a.m., peaking at 3,000 cubic feet per second before it dropped below flood stage at about 4 p.m.

Mottsville, Centerville, Genoa and Muller lanes all closed due to the flooding as did Highway 395 late Saturday, when the river jumped its banks near Cradlebaugh Bridge, Holler said.

“The river flooded above the bridge, but we think it may have been debris,” he said. “We don’t have an answer to that one.”

Minor flooding plagued south Douglas County, but overall the area handled the rains well, Holler said.

“Dresslerville Ranch Road and a couple of roads in the East Valley had some pretty good cuts in them,” he said.

Emergency operations started Friday, a coordinated effort including East Fork Fire and Paramedic District. The county was divided into seven sections, with different officials responsible for each.

Cleanup from the flooding is expected to take about a month, a coordinated effort that includes nine 12-man teams from Nevada Division of Forestry. Those teams, which have been critical in this crisis, are working now to clear ditches and waterways throughout Douglas County, Holler said.

County officials declared a state of emergency about 11 a.m. Saturday.


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