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Posted on: March 2, 2023

County Declares Emergency To Prepare For Potential Flooding

Clearing out the Carson River

Churchill County Commissioners approved a precautionary emergency declaration this afternoon to establish the Emergency Operations Center in preparation for flood mitigation efforts due to elevated snowpack from this winter’s snowfall upstream on the Carson River. The City of Fallon will be declaring a precautionary emergency declaration in the coming days. 

As part of those efforts, TCID is beginning precautionary releases from Lahontan Reservoir to make room for the high run-off.  County residents can expect to see increased water levels in the Carson River starting Monday, March 6. Residents along the river are being asked to remove any fences or other personal property that is within the high water mark to allow for the unobstructed flow of water.

The Big Dig infrastructure, including the emergency weir, completed in 2017 to divert excess water around the City of Fallon and developed areas of Churchill County, remains in place and will serve the county again this year. The county will prepare sandbags for future use at the Miner’s Road Vaccine Site.

Keep up-to-date on future actions and important announcements by visiting the county’s website at www.churchillcountynv.gov, the City of Fallon’s website at www.fallonnevada.gov and TCID’s at www.tcid.org, along with the County’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and local media outlets.  

Photo caption: Cleaning debris out of the Carson River in 2017. Similar actions begin the week of March 6 as the county prepares for potential heavy snowmelt.


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