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Flood forum scheduled at CVIC hall on Feb. 14

Sheila Gardner

A five-hour forum is scheduled Friday at the CVIC Hall to answer residents’ questions about the New Year’s flood and the Valley’s recovery effort.

The meeting, called by Nevada’s congressional delegation, will feature representatives of Douglas County, the Washoe Tribe, the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Emergency Management, Carson Water Subconservancy District, and the Walker River Technical Network.

“We want to hear from everybody,” said Tom Baker, district representative for U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan. “There will be tables set up so people can stop by and talk to just the people they want to. There will be a lot of technical experts there so residents can get answers.”

Baker, who attended last Sunday’s “town meeting” convened to update residents on what was happening, said he and speakers sensed frustration on the public’s part because there wasn’t time or opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

He said the Feb. 14 meeting is open to everyone and all issues will be discussed ranging from ranchers’ concerns to homeowners wondering when cleanup will be accomplished.

A similar session will be held Feb. 13 at Yerington High School, 114 Pearl St.

Residents’ frustration at not being able to get much financial help or answers spilled over into Wednesday’s special meeting of the Carson Valley Water Subconservancy District.

The tri-county agency, in existence since 1955, is charged with the conservation, development and protection of the water resources of the upper Carson River Basin. Under that umbrella, the district has been designated the regional agency to receive federal disaster assistance for rehabilitation of levees and other river-related repairs and maintenance due to the flooding.

Douglas county commissioners Jacques Etchegoyhen, Bernie Curtis and Kelly Kite – appointed to the subsconservancy district – expressed frustration at the time it’s taking to get relief to the river users.

“Today is a little bit late to be discussing whether we’re doing a good job,” said Kite. “The situation in front of us seriously affects Douglas County, Lyon County and Carson CIty. We need to do something, not just talk about it.”

With the snow pack at more than 200 percent average, ranchers are worried that repairs won’t be made before the spring runoff floods the area again.

“We need to attempt to start legislative action so a rancher can get in the river. We need to make the permit process easier. Our time is limited. We have to get off our butts, we have to deliver,” said Kite.

The county has scheduled a series of neighborhood meetings over the next few weeks between residents and officials including County Manager Dan Holler, Community Development Director Bob Nunes, Emergency Communications Director Dick Mirgon and county commissioners.

The schedule is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Ruhenstroth Fire Station; Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., Ranchos Fire Station for golf course-area residents; Tuesday, March 4, 5 p.m., 1008 Georgia Lane, Keegan residence, for Marsha, Centerville and Georgia Lane residents and Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., at the Fish Springs Fire Station.

Meetings will be scheduled in the Sheridan Acres-Autumn Hills area and Genoa.