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Kingsbury reopens after being closed by boulders

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Workers clear Kingsbury Grade on Friday.

Kingsbury Grade was the first casualty of the most recent atmospheric river after wet weather sent boulders rolling onto the main connection between Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe.

The road reopened 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The highway was closed early Friday afternoon so the Nevada Department of Transportation and Q&D Construction could remove loose trees and earth from a slope about a mile down from Daggett Summit on the Carson Valley side.

While that work was being done, spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said boulders fell on different areas of the highway.

On Saturday, rockfall mitigation experts removed boulders perched on top of a separate roadside slope. The boulders had loosened during recent heavy precipitation, Ragonse said.

Soil saturation and additional winter weather may lead to future road closures as repairs are made to other roadside slopes.

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More than an inch of rain fell in western Carson Valley on Friday. Valley residents awoke to a dusting of snow on Saturday morning. The weather today is expected to be mostly sunny as the storm clears.

Last week, Douglas County Emergency Management hosted a two-hour tabletop exercise to prepare for potential flooding due to spring runoff. "As we receive information from the National Weather Service, we will continue to notify the public and keep them informed of potential flooding in our County," said County Manager, Larry Werner. "In the meantime, the best thing the public can do is have a plan for an extended flooding event."

The tabletop was designed to address the potential for longer periods of flooding and the challenges Douglas County could face. Examples included the expected closures of all East and West accesses across the west side of the valley, a closure of Kingsbury Grade due to a massive mud slide, the extended closure of Highway 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge, and the need to evacuate areas not usually affected by flooding. More than 24 representatives from various agencies attended.

Douglas County has received two national declarations and is currently working with its partners and FEMA on recovery matters for both the January event and the February event.

To get the most current flood information visit: http://www.douglascountynv.gov/AlertCenter.as