County names flood task force |

County names flood task force

An East Fork Fire truck drives across Fremont St. near a closure sign Wednesday.
Brad Coman |

A half-dozen Douglas County residents, representing much of the county outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin, have been appointed to a flood task force.

County Manager Jim Nichols said residents appointed to the task force include Topaz Ranch Estates resident Fred Farley, Saratoga Springs resident Larry Schmidt, Gardnerville Ranchos resident Geoffrey LaCost, Ruhenstroth resident Gary Swift, Gardnerville resident Tyler Thew and Johnson Lane resident Matt McMackin.

The task force will be responsible for establishing a recommended process to develop a countywide storm water flood containment and roads master plan, as well as potential funding strategies.

The summers of 2014 and 2015 saw serious flash flooding due to monsoon rains.

While much of the flooding was centered in the Johnson Lane area both years, Fish Springs, Topaz Ranch Estates and the Foothill area all saw damage.

The county is also subject to flooding from two rivers and their tributaries. While four years of below average snowpack has reduced river flows significantly, Carson Valley droughts tend to end in flooding.

Douglas County is observing Flood Awareness Week, Nov. 1-7. This year’s event will be 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the North Room of the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Staff from Douglas County, East Fork Fire District, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, FEMA, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the National Weather Service will be on site and available to answer a variety of flood related questions.

“We want to encourage residents to know their flood risk, know the hazards in our community associated with flooding, learn about flood preparedness and protection, and see what actions the County is taking to address the flooding concerns,” said Stormwater Program Manager Karin Peternel.

Residents in Douglas County recently received a letter notifying them of proposed changes to the flood zones in the East Valley that may affect their properties. Residents are encouraged to attend and view the revised maps, receive printed maps of their properties, and learn the impact of the changed flood zone on flood insurance for affecting their property. Many residents’ properties are being removed from the 100-year flood zones. This will be an opportunity to learn about flood protection and inexpensive flood insurance policies on parcels not located within the 100-year flood zone.

Douglas County has set up a web page dedicated to flood information. The history of recent flash flooding and the most current information on County flood projects, and information pertaining to the Flood Awareness Week can be found at

For more information on flooding in Nevada and additional resources, visit