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Flood information flows at workshop

John Cobourn of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension explains a map of the Carson River floodplain Wednesday night at the community center.
Brad Coman |

About 80 Douglas County residents checked to see where they lived in relation to the flood plain on Wednesday at an event that was the high-water mark of Flood Awareness.

Douglas County Stormwater Program Manager Courtney Walker said the workshop that featured agencies related to flooding was packed at times.

Walker was presenting proposed changes to the flood maps for the Carson River through the Valley.

While still preliminary, she said the new maps are more accurate and includes flood elevations for a variety of locations.

It has been 20 years since Carson Valley has seen a major flood.

While most people living in the Carson River’s flood plain will still be there, they will have a better feel for what will happen in a flood.

“A lot of people will stay the same, but they’ll have better information,” she said.

Areas up for inclusion in the 100-year-flood plain include portions of the Westwood neighborhood in Minden and Park property west of Highway 88.

It has been 20 years since Carson Valley has seen a major flood. The flood of 1997 combined heavy snowfall with warm rain storms to inundate the Valley, and close bridges isolating it from the rest of Western Nevada.

There are no flood control devices on the Carson River above Minden and Gardnerville, and Valley residents have traditionally relied on the flood plain to absorb excess water.

Douglas County staff, East Fork Fire Protection District, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of Water Resources, Army Corps of Engineers, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, FEMA National Flood Insurance Program, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the National Weather Service were available and answered residents’ questions about flooding.