Pumping water into Swan Lake raises concerns for Lemmon Valley residents

The barrier in Lemmon Valley is not built around the entire Swan Lake. Some residents feel this leaves room for error and some homes vulnerable.

Washoe County emergency crews intended to start pumping water back into Swan Lake as early as Thursday, but not all of the Lemmon Valley residents support this decision.

Adrian Maya of Lemmon Valley lives near Jean Way and Shane Way, where the 5-mile-long barrier is built around his property and leaving an open space.

Maya said, "Now, I'm concerned that it's going to get to us for sure because they're going to start pumping water. So it's really scary."

Incident Commander Sam Hicks told residents at Wednesday's meeting that crews will closely monitor the lake's water level. Near completion of the temporary barrier, crews will begin pumping water from neighborhoods over the wall and into the lake. The 4-foot-tall Hesco barrier is designed to prevent flood water from spreading.

The barrier is not built around all of Swan Lake, but only portions of it. Residents feel that this leaves room for error -- and some homeowners exposed to flooding.

"No one has come to tell us if there's going to be water coming in or there's going to be more water pumped away. So if we need more sandbags that they should help us out or tell us they'll bring us more sand or something. We haven't gotten anything like that," said Maya.

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Another resident believed that this short-term fix adds an extra step. Danny Cleous of Lemmon Valley said he wants to see long-term solutions in place already.

Cleous said, "I'd like to see them dig out the lake. I'd like to see them pull back the berm closer to Lemmon Valley Drive."

Washoe County spokesperson Chris Ciarlo told News 4 that the delay is due to equipment problems. They hope to start pumping on Friday.

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