Flooding strikes low-lying Carson Valley
February 9, 2017
Minor flooding struck low-lying portions of Aspen Mobile Home Park early Thursday night and inundated areas where the Carson River crosses Genoa Lane.
As of Thursday morning, Genoa and Mottsville lanes were closed due to flooding. High winds knocked down power lines along Muller Lane closing that route, sending commuters from Lake Tahoe up Jacks Valley Road on Thursday.
Areas nearest the Carson River in Genoa saw high water thanks to heavy rain and snow melt.
The area around River Fork Ranch and Willow Bend saw significant flooding overnight and there was water over Genoa Lane just east of the bridge.
The river's East Fork crested around midnight at 14.5 feet at 9:30 p.m., slightly above the 14-foot minor flood stage, according to the U.S. gauge located at the entrance to Carson Valley.
The West Fork crested at 13.53 feet, just below its 14-foot minor flood stage in Woodfords.
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The Carson River at Cradlebaugh bridge was near its banks, but Highway 395 remained open for the commute.
Both forks meet just south of Genoa Lane.
With the prospect of yet another atmospheric river heading for Western Nevada, Douglas County residents are urged to prepare for flooding and high winds.
"Residents can expect intermittent road closures due to flooding," county spokeswoman Melissa Blosser said. "Flood-prone areas near small streams, creeks, ditches and culverts are expected to flood … into Friday. Douglas County has sandbags available at nine locations and urges residents to assemble them on their property if there is a chance of flooding."
Douglas County Road Department crews took advantage of a break in the weather on Wednesday to clear roads and ditches.
"Jacks Valley, Centerville Road and areas which experienced flooding on Tuesday should be prepared to see similar flooding issues again … Friday," Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said.
In addition to sandbags, precautions residents can take if conditions are safe include removing debris from drainage areas and culverts.
Residents can report flooding in Douglas County by calling 783-6482. Residents may not see a crew in their community immediately; however, Douglas County Road crews will be responding to all calls on a prioritized basis.
"We understand residents are concerned about road conditions," said Director of Public Works Carl Ruschmeyer. "Crews are working hard to focus on repairing critical areas in a timely manner. We have Nevada Division of Forestry hand crews dispatched today to work the driveways and culverts that were damaged during the last few weeks of runoff. We have multiple locations with significant erosion to driveways limiting access to homes."
Response priorities for County Road crews include life safety, preventing damage to homes, maintaining emergency access to property, and providing for safe travel on county roads.
A drought-busting La Niña winter appears to be continuing as heavy rain and snow improves the year's water picture.
So far in February, Minden has seen 1.03 inches of precipitation, more than three times the average of .31 inches for first week of the month. The entire month averages 1.15 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
January was the third wettest in Minden since records started being kept in 1906. Previous records were set 1909 and 1914, making it the wettest January in a century.