Johnson Lane and Stephanie Way reopen after flooding |

Johnson Lane and Stephanie Way reopen after flooding

James Miskella wades through his yard on Kayne St. Wednesday in the Johnson Lane area after a torrential downpour brought floodwaters down from the Pinenuts.
Brad Coman |

Damage report

Call the county hotline at (775) 782-6262 or residents may email

Stephanie Way and Johnson Lane reopened at 4:30 p.m. after afternoon thunderstorms sent water rushing down on both sides of the north Valley community.

As of 4:45 p.m. East Valley Road was also reopened.

There are reports of cars stranded in running water and flooding in some houses in the Esaw area.

Douglas County Emergency Management is collecting addresses of homes damaged in the flooding. Officials are meeting to learn the extent of the damage.

A truckload of sand from Bing Construction was dropped at the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department for sandbags.

East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Road Department, Douglas County Search and Rescue, NHP and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse are out assisting residents and responding to the issues.

“Public officials are asking that the public remain out of the area unless you are a homeowner, and please understand that the current conditions are very hazardous,” Sgt. Pat Brooks said. “Please when driving in this area slowdown in this area as heavy equipment and emergency personnel are still working in this area. Please remain out of the area unless you have business being in this area.”

Brooks said concerns include the potential for undermined roads, trees and foundations.

“Caution should be used when the public is in and around this area,” he said. “The public should be on the lookout for any hazardous materials to include liquid propane tank that may have been dislodged during the flood. Should anyone come into contact with an immediate concern about a hazardous material please notify the East Fork Fire Protection District or your utility company that services the issue immediately.”

Thunderstorms will continue to develop along the Eastern Sierra and spread into Western Nevada and northeast California the remainder of this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch is in effect through midnight tonight.