Johnson Lane flooding meeting Aug. 9 |

Johnson Lane flooding meeting Aug. 9

Staff Reports
Water flows down alongside Stephanie Way on July 9, 2015, as a county road grader heads up the hill towards the heaviest flow of water.
Brad Coman |


What: Johnson Lane Area Drainage Master Plan

When: 5–7 p.m. Aug. 9

Where: CVIC Hall 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden


Two years after the last episode of flash flooding through Johnson Lane, Douglas County is hosting a meeting to gather information for the Johnson Lane Area Drainage Master Plan on 5-7 p.m. Aug. 9.

Northern Carson Valley experienced flash flooding during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Damage in 2014 was estimated at $1 million. A July 20, 2014, thunderstorm over Hot Springs Mountain sent floodwaters into northern Johnson Lane washing away landscaping and replacing it with silt.

Heavy monsoon moisture July 8-10, 2015, from the south fed thunderstorms with three straight days of heavy rains in the Pine Nuts.

Johnson Lane residents are invited to learn about the Johnson Lane Area Drainage Master Plan at the CVIC Hall in downtown Minden.

Past flood experiences, comments, and concerns from residents are welcome and needed in order to create a comprehensive drainage master plan for Johnson Lane. The plan is being completed with funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with matching funds provided by Douglas County.

The Open House and Informational meeting will include a short presentation from drainage experts at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9, followed by time for residents to share their past flood experiences.

The plan will examine historic flow patterns and analyze how development and road networks have altered these patterns and will provide a list of improvements necessary to allow the roadway network to accommodate a 25-year 24-hour storm, the standard for all county roadways. The plan will also examine what projects would be necessary to provide protection above the adopted County standards up to the 100-year peak runoff event.

At its completion, the plan will become a planning document for the county to prioritize projects and plan for future construction costs to reduce flood risk in the area.

Residents who cannot attend this meeting are asked to share their comments and flood experiences by logging onto:

1. Click on the Douglas County Application Gallery icon

2. In the list of applications, click on “Johnson Lane Flooding – Tell us your story”

3. Upload photos and videos to their respective locations

All comments collected both at the meeting and through the website will be reviewed by drainage experts for development of the Johnson Lane Area Drainage Plan.

For a PDF of this information, visit