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Churchill County, TCID, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Fallon continue to coordinate a pre-emptive response by releasing water from Lahontan Reservoir into the Carson River, irrigation canals and V-line weir to lower water levels in the reservoir and make room for the incoming snowmelt from the Sierra Nevadas.
For those living in the floodplain and carrying flood insurance, local officials urge you to ensure your policies are up-to-date and active. For those not carrying flood insurance, please be aware that most regular homeowner’s policies do not provide coverage in the event of a flood. Many flood policies require a 30-day (or more) waiting period before becoming active. Ask your insurance provider for policies that fit your needs. The National Flood Insurance Program also offers resources.
Churchill County Emergency Operations Command officials believe that the high water concerns will continue throughout the spring and into early summer as the last of the snow melts off the Sierra and comes into the Carson River via the reservoir.
This is truly an unprecedented season and while we will do everything we can to mitigate flooding, we encourage our residents to take a pro-active approach in protecting home and structures.
As the High Water 2023 events unfold, be sure to follow the Churchill County webpage at www.churchillcountynv.gov and click on the blue tab at the top for the latest announcements, resources and other important information.
Photo: Water flows through the V-line canal along Coleman Road.