Heavy rains flood Carson Valley | RecordCourier.com

Heavy rains flood Carson Valley

by Kurt Hildebrand

The East Fork of the Carson River reached flood stage this morning and the National Weather Service is predicting that heavy rain could turn to snow this afternoon.

Meanwhile flooding along the foothills of the Sierra isolated the town of Genoa.

The National Weather Service issued a warning that the East Fork will be a foot above flood stage by 2 p.m., and won’t drop back to flood stage until 8 p.m.

The Weather Service is predicting major flood damage in the Carson Valley with flooding of homes, businesses, schools roads and bridges in the lower portions of Minden, Gardnerville, Centerville, Genoa and the Washoe Tribal land.

According to a snow advisory issued at 9:51 a.m. this morning, a low pressure system will continue to affect western Nevada through today with abundant tropical moisture bringing heavy tropical moisture. Snow levels will lower below 7,500 feet in the Sierra and will continue to drop.

Gusty winds will accompany the rain and snow, resulting in poor visibility and hazardous driving conditions, according to the Weather Service.

“Travel is strongly discouraged,” the advisory said. “Many area roads are closed due to flooding, mud slides and rock slides. If you attempt to travel on flooded or snow-covered roads, you are putting your life and the lives of rescue, law enforcement and utility personnel at risk.”

Flood waters through downtown Genoa shut down the center of town and a mud slide on Jacks Valley Road north of town isolated it from Carson City.

The historic town is subject to flooding throughout the day. Gusty winds have continued through the day.

Shops in the Legends Inn were flooded, forcing them to close. Genoa volunteers were filling sandbags and county emergency crews operated heavy equipment to divert the waters.