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August 11, 2014
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Douglas seeks emergency declaration

A state damage assessment team will be touring Carson Valley today 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 Spokesman Melissa Blosser.

A flash-flood hotline has been set up at 782-9993 for residents to report damage. They may also be reached at flood@co.douglas.nv.us

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.

However, those funds are only available to help rebuild public infrastructure. Landscaping and yard damage are not eligible under FEMA programs or the state’s Disaster Relief Account. FEMA and the State Disaster Relief funds will generally not pay for debris removal from private land unless life safety were or is an issue.

The most recent flash flood occurred on Monday, and was primarily concentrated in the Stephanie Way.

Emergency personnel reported up to a foot of water at the intersection of Squires and Johnson Lane.

East Fork firefighters, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Douglas County road crews responded to the flooding, and were making assessments and cleaning roadways on Monday night. East Fork firefighters were helping to deploy sandbags in the Johnson Lane Area. Sandbags are still available at the Johnson Lane Fire Station.

Today, the county will be working with the state damage assessment teams to determine the amount of damage to public infrastructure as well as trying to determine private property damage following state and FEMA damage assessment criteria, Blosser said. The county hopes to have this report complete by sometime next week. This report will be filed with the state division of Emergency Management for review and will be forwarded to the governor in conjunction with the county’s application to seek financial assistance from the state Disaster Relief Account.

Douglas County’s Reverse 911 system continues to be down due to an unexpected failure of the system. The county has a tentative Friday date for restoration of the system. The National Weather Service issues appropriate warnings from their radar system and the Emergency Broadcast System. If Douglas County needed to issue evacuation notices the Emergency Alert System would be activated. Residents in flood prone areas are encouraged to monitor the daily forecasts.

The debris sites at Johnson Lane Fire Station, will remain open.

If you think your well head has gone below the level of the water and contaminated your well site, please contact:

Nevada State Health Laboratories

1660 North Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89503

(775) 688-1335

Should any resident have issues with sewer contamination or septic system exposure, please contact the Douglas County Building Department, Valerie Nunes at (775) 782- 6222.


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