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Washoe County's future prevention plans on North Valleys flooding

Some North Valleys residents have been displaced for nearly 7 months since the record breaking precipitation from the historic winter.

The Washoe County board unanimously voted to continue protecting North Valleys homeowners impacted by the 2017 flooding.

County commissioners agree to allow the county to spend from $70,000 to $100,000 a month to have the HESCO barrier and pumping stations remain in place.

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This is in addition to the already $2.7 million spent on flood response efforts in the North Valleys. This also includes county staff preparing for the upcoming 2017-18 winter and spring seasons.

Dwayne Smith, Washoe County director of engineering and capital projects, announced at Tuesday's meeting that 16 homes in that area are tagged, 10 marked as red and six yellow.

The 10 red-tagged homes qualify for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The grant will allow FEMA to purchase the home, demolish it and have the lot be open space. This program is voluntary and would require the homeowner to agree to the terms of the program.

"Washoe County would identify what the value of that property at its pre-disastrous condition," said Smith. "Then FEMA will provide 75 percent of that and Washoe County will provide 25 percent of that."

The grant applications are due by February 2018.

As for long term planning, commissioners also agreed to pay up to $600,000 for the one-year flood mitigation study. This project is designed to develop a comprehensive closed-basin flood mitigation plan to eliminate future flooding in the area. The development of a plan would require contracting with technical professionals, conducting multiple meetings with stakeholders, residents, and municipalities.

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