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County manager talks about flood

Andy Bourelle

Carson Valley residents have been supportive of relief and repair efforts resulting from last January’s flood, according to County Manager Dan Holler.

“I felt they were very supportive of what we did and how we got it done,” Holler said. “I think, overall, there was very good response to what we did. I thought we did well.”

Residents have been understanding regarding the time it has taken to make repairs.

“The incident was probably only 50 percent of the actual work,” Holler said. “The rest was follow-up and clean-up. There’s always an ongoing trail of paperwork you have to do for the federal government.”

And the work is still on-going – one year later.

Most damage done to private property has been taken care of, and a majority of damage to county infrastructure has been repaired. Within the first few weeks after the flood, Holler said, most of the significant damage was repaired.

But while much of the work is done, more still exists, and may exist for quite some time. The Carson River still requires extensive repairs. The stability of the river’s banks and its channel capacity have yet to be returned to what they were.

Holler said no date has been set for when repairs could be made.

The river’s repair is a coordinated effort between property owners, Douglas County, the federal agencies Natural Resource Conservation Service and Army Corps of Engineers, and the state of Nevada. The NRCS, a principal player in its repairs, has a backlog of work which needs to be done, because other counties were also affected by January’s flood.

Although repair work still exists, the initial response was handled well by the county and emergency personnel, according to Holler. But officials have learned from the disaster, and if it were to happen again, a flood would be handled even better.

“We can always do a little better,” Holler said.