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December 1, 2012
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Douglas implements action plan for storm

Douglas County Emergency Management has implemented a precautionary action plan for this weekend's weather event.

The plan has identified two potential weather events for Saturday night through Sunday morning.

The first is going to be extreme winds, followed by potential heavy rains.

The concern for the extreme wind is for the potential of downed power poles, arcing power lines and flying debris. The second concern is for the potential localized flooding, flash flooding and landslides, especially in the recent burn areas, south of Gardnerville, near Ray May Way and Topaz Ranch Estates.

Preparations have been made for citizens of Douglas County to obtain sandbags at several locations throughout the county. Those locations are; Topaz Community Center, Ruhenstroth Firehouse, across from the Gardnerville Ranchos Firehouse, Johnson Lane Firehouse, Genoa Firehouse, Jack's Valley Firehouse and for the residences at Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove Firehouse. Additional locations will be added as determined by the storm.

Douglas County GIS has added a viewer to the Douglas County Web site, under the Maps/ GIS section, Online GIS application for the next 48 hours, which allows citizens to view areas of past flooding and local sandbag sites. This site would be updated should road closures or additional sandbag sites be needed.

The Douglas County Emergency Management team wants to remind citizens in extreme weather events to remain clear of low or downed power lines and trees that have been blown into power lines and, to stay clear of fast moving water and flooded areas where there is a potential for rock and landslides to occur.

The nonemergency number for Dispatch is (775) 782-5126 and for emergencies 911.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 1, 2012 10:02PM Published Dec 1, 2012 04:53PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.