Flood plan a first step
August 3, 2017
The last major flash flooding to occur in Carson Valley happened in 2015.
While there was enough stream and river flooding this last winter to shut down bridges up and down the Carson River, much of that damage was to public property.
In 2014 and 2015, many residents experienced significant damage to their property from two consecutive years of flash flooding in Johnson Lane, Fish Springs and the south county.
Unlike the government, those residents don't really have any recourse to repair thousands of dollars of damage.
FEMA only applies to public property unless there are actual homes lost, and even federal flood insurance will only cover structural damage.
The owners of two dozen properties in the Johnson Lane area sued the county over damage done during the floods.
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The flooding we saw in 2014 and 2015 seemed similar to that which occurred in 1992 and 1994, but that's not near enough data to claim the flooding is on a 20-year cycle. The thunderstorms we've had this summer are related to the monsoons more often associated with Southern Nevada, though they've posed more of a fire threat so far.
County officials are hosting a public meeting next week as part of the effort to develop a Johnson Lane area drainage master plan.
There's no telling when the next round of severe flash floods will strike the north Valley, but putting together a plan to figure out the best way to fix the issue seems like a tentative step in the right direction.