Douglas County Declares State Of Emergency In Advance Of Sunday’s Flood Warning

Staff and Douglas County Joint Information Center Reports · 2 min read

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MINDEN, Nev. — – The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the significant flooding event forecast for this weekend.

The declaration has been submitted to the State of Nevada and will allow regional partners to speed up the delivery of resources required to more effectively respond to an emergency and meet the needs of the community during a time of crisis and well as take the first steps toward a State declaration.

Declaring an emergency allows the County Manager and Emergency Management to speed up the delivery
of resources required to more effectively respond to an emergency and meet the needs of the community during a time of crisis.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, there are Flood Warnings in effect from Sunday to Monday for East Fork of the Carson River, below Markleeville affecting Alpine and Douglas Counties and from Sunday through Tuesday evening for the main stem of the Carson River. A set of potentially flood prone areas for this event can be found here.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the main stem of the Carson River (after the east and west forks join before crossing Highway 395 in Minden) to reach the flood stage (10 feet) Monday morning and crest at 11.5 feet Monday afternoon. Major flooding with significant damage to roads, bridges and structures from Genoa to Fort Churchill is possible. You can read more on the flood warning, including preparation tips and forecast charts, here.

The main stem crosses at Highway 395 between Minden and Carson City under a bridge that was just retrofitted with seismic enhancements, including 8,000 cubic yards of rock in the riverbed to help reduce erosion to bridge supports, in May of 2016. You can read more about those improvements here.

The Douglas County Emergency Operations Center will be activated on Sunday morning for the duration of the event. Currently East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Road Department, and several entities are working together, and staying in close communication with the National Weather Service to monitor changing conditions. Resources are being staged strategically throughout Carson Valley so responders can quickly assist citizens as incidents arise.

Sandbag locations can be found here.

How to get information:
 To reach our flood hotline call (775) 782-9099 or (775) 783-6404 from 7am to 8pm.
 Call 2-1-1 if you have non-emergency questions and someone will pick up the line to answer
questions on local and regional events.
 Follow the hashtag #NVFlood17 on social media, or use the specific communications channels for
each entity described below. For more information, visit http://www.douglascountynv.gov . Hit the
Flood Warning Bar for current alerts and information.
 Call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation.
 Media and the public are encouraged to ask questions and share information on social media by
using the hashtag #NVFlood17.
 The Douglas County Roads Division is busy making sure roads are as safe as possible.

An interactive map for the county covers both current and potential conditions below:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=rev&fcst_timeframe=0&current_color=all&current_type=all&fcst_type=obs&conus_map=d_map&center_point_lat=38.97569218881136&center_point_lon=-119.819640785153&default_zoom=11&marker=false

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