A flash-flood damage hotline has been set up at 782-9993 for residents to report damage. They may also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A state damage assessment team toured Carson Valley Wednesday to gather information on damage to public and private property from flooding over the past month.
The state team members plan to talk to as many residents as possible to determine the sort of damage they’ve incurred as part of the process to determine whether to declare a flooding disaster in Douglas County.
“The team is looking for all types and signs of damage, such as water lines from flooding, damaged roof and windows, and damage to doors and windows,” said Douglas County Spokeswoman Melissa Blosser.
A thunderstorm that brought heavy rain and hail, and flooded Stephanie Way on Monday prompted Douglas County commissioners to ask the governor to declare a disaster.
The flood was the fourth to damage property and roads in under a month, including one that occurred on July 20.
Monday’s storm dropped half-inch sized hail along the Pine Nuts, sending flood waters down through an already overwhelmed drainage system in Johnson Lane.
Blosser said the flooding has exceeded the county’s resources, and the declaration will allow for help with repairing public infrastructure such as county maintained roads, culverts and drainage.
The declaration may also allow the county to call in additional crews to help clear roads, debris removal and repair public infrastructure that continues to be damaged as repeated storms cause flash flooding.
If approved by the governor, the county would be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the state disaster relief account.