Flooding, high winds prompt county closure

Water runs fast across Buckeye Road near the Minden Maintenance Yard on Friday morning.

Water runs fast across Buckeye Road near the Minden Maintenance Yard on Friday morning.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Under the advice of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County schools let out around 9 a.m. today.

Secondary school students were released, while younger children had to wait for parents to pick them up.

High water closed several routes around Carson Valley as high winds flung branches around.

Water was fully flowing over Buckeye Road, and water over Centerville prompted Douglas County to shut that road down.

East Valley Road was inundated where it crosses Buckeye Creek.

Sheriff’s deputies were instructed to take photos where they saw flooding over the roads.

Due to travel impacts from regional flooding, Douglas County offices closed on Friday morning. Douglas County courts will remain open for normal business hours.

Aside from essential public safety, corrections personnel, and courts, all county offices will close early.

Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley has advised that motorists should avoid travel in unnecessary and nonemergency situations.

Douglas has activated a call center to allow the public to report non-emergency incidents related to the current flooding. Residents can call 775-783-6038 to report any non-emergency-related flood concerns. The call center is operational from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily. For flood emergencies, please call 911.

The county also offers a  damage assessment tool that allows the public to report flood damage. This is a simple tool used by Douglas County to keep a log of the issues during an event so staff can utilize the data for future Capital Improvement Projects needs, or repairs in an effort to reduce damage during a future event. 

Douglas County wants to urge all residents to stay safe during winter storms. Avoid unnecessary travel and have emergency plans in place in case of power outages, flooding, and dangerous snow conditions. Click here for the County's Flood Resource Page, which includes the most up-to-date information. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


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