Carson Valley residents at the base of the Pine Nut Mountains have had to put up with a lot of water flowing through their neighborhoods.
While certainly not enough to solve the drought, the flooding in the North Valley caused substantial damage to people’s property.
We know that the flooding along Pine Nut Creek in Fish Springs on Wednesday night frightened residents in that part of the Valley and made roads throughout the area impassable.
Wednesday was a long night for residents and emergency crews, including firefighters, deputies, and search and rescue team members.
Residents were told to shelter in place, because their homes were the safest place from the raging waters.
A handful of homes were rendered uninhabitable by the July 20 flood, and we hope that Fish Springs residents have similar luck.
County officials have been criticized for not declaring a disaster.
It’s hard to second guess a decision like that made in the moment. In today’s edition, Emergency Manager Tod Carlini makes the case that while bad, the damage did not rise to the level of a disaster.
We’ll let others debate whether the recent flooding qualifies as a disaster. We know that it was a catastrophe for some residents who found their property damaged in the flood.
Those residents’ neighbors came to the rescue in many ways. They weren’t just the folks who showed up with shovels and heavier equipment. They were also the volunteers who worked without compensation on their own time as firefighters, citizen’s patrol or search and rescue.
Those folks have our thanks for their willingness to yet again go into harm’s way to help their community.