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Time to dry out after Minden’s fifth wettest July

Water rushes across East Valley Road on Friday night for the third straight day. Dry weather returns to the forecast this week.
Brad Coman |


1910 2.5 inches

2001 1.54 inches

1937 1.41 inches

1952 1.16 inches

2015 1.14 inches

Source: National Weather Service records

Genoa, Nev. — Now that the rains have stopped, standing water could pose as much of a threat as the rushing kind, according to Douglas County Mosquito Abatement.

“After all of the recent rains, Douglas County Mosquito Abatement is reminding homeowners to empty any type of container that may hold water,” Director Krista Jenkins said. “This will help eliminate the breeding of mosquitoes in your own backyard. Our staff has been out surveying the flood waters and will continue to monitor and treat any larvae found.”

Jenkins asked that residents visit http://www.dcmosquito.org for more information.

A week’s worth of wet weather wrapped up on Friday evening with flooding across East Valley Road, which deputies closed.

According to the National Weather Service, radar showed up to a quarter-inch of rain falling in the Pine Nuts above Johnson Lane.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies, Search & Rescue members and East Fork firefighters responded to the area, which was under a flood watch until 9:15 p.m.

However, once the initial deluge passed, the storm passed north, setting off weather alarms in central Lyon County, and later in Washoe County.

State Damage Assessment teams visited northern Carson Valley on Thursday in response to Wednesday’s disaster declaration by county commissioners. The team will determine the amount of damage to public infrastructure and private property following state and federal criteria, according to spokeswoman Melissa Blosser.

She said the county hopes to have the report completed as soon as possible.

“We are still collecting information on damage throughout the county,” she said. “A public Douglas County flash flood hotline (775)782-6262 and email address has been established at douglasflood2015@gmail.com. Residents can use these contacts to report damages for the state assessment. Please leave a detailed message with your name, contact information and address for future damage assessment.”

Road crews worked on Friday clearing drainages and culverts from upper Johnson Lane down following the flooding pattern.

Thursday saw floodwaters raging through Johnson Lane for the second day in a row. The county had more than 100 workers helping residents, including three Nevada Division of Forestry hand crews.

More than 3,000 sandbags were filled and placed to help stem the floods on Thursday.

Sunny skies and high temperatures climbing into the 90s are forecast this week, according to the National Weather Service, giving residents time to dry out after nine days of rain.

If no more rain falls in Minden during July, it will be the fifth wettest on record.