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Washoe County prepares 'short-term solution' for flood waters in Lemmon Valley

Crews fill in a barrier meant to control flood waters in Lemmon Valley on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (SBG)

Washoe County officials say they will build a barrier in Lemmon Valley that is meant to act as a "short-term solution" to contain flood waters.

The county discussed the plan at a press conference on Tuesday, saying local and state officials are still looking for a long-term solution.

Crews began building what is called a Hesco barrier, which is made out of wiring and fabric and filled with sand and dirt. It will be built around parts of Swan Lake and move through Lemmon Valley.

Incident Commander Sam Hicks said the county hopes a five-mile barrier will be completed within a week, though it could take a little longer.

The county expects the barrier to cost about $1.8 million, with total operation costs for flooding in the North Valleys to reach $3.5 million.

Many of the roads in Lemmon Valley remain closed to the public, excepting for local residents and emergency personnel.

Washoe County will hold another community meeting to update the public on Wednesday, March 15. That meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at O'Brien Middle School.

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