On Your Side: RTC tells Rosewood homeowners rising water is temporary problem

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Nancy Proctor is one of several residents on Creekwood Drive in Reno who've noticed it lately -- rising water and puddles creeping up into her backyard.

"I was like, 'Whoa. I hope we're not going to have a big problem when a storm comes,'" she said.

Proctor's neighbor, Rosanne Busey, is another.

"It's very alarming to see water coming over the rocks," she told us.

Proctor's and Busey's homes back up to what used to be the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course and the new Southeast Connector Road, which is currently under construction.

It's an area prone to flooding when it rains. But lately, with our dry winter, the site of water outside their homes has definitely sparked some added concerns.

Nancy Proctor explained it this way: "Well, I mean when there's no rain coming in, and all of a sudden I have water in my yard."

The Regional Transportation Commission says the freeway project itself is not the culprit.

But as part of the construction, RTC did divert water from Steamboat Creek in order to finish working on two drainage culverts under Mira Loma Drive.

"We diverted Steamboat Creek to the west, which is why folks on the west side of the golf course are seeing more water right now," explained RTC's Garth Oksol.

RTC says it notified homeowners, but residents we spoke with say they had not heard anything about the water diversion.

And the day after we contacted RTC about the issue, which was Thursday, Jan. 4, the diversion was halted.

"On Friday afternoon we put Steamboat Creek back in its original channel," Oksol told us.

Neighbors in Rosewood Lakes say they hope this was a temporary issue that has now been resolved, as RTC claims. They'll be watching closely the next time it rains to see where the water ends up.

"We're afraid we're going to flood," said Busey. "We don't want water in our house, and they're not done with the road."

The good news is after our recent rain, homeowners they say they did not see an increase in the water around their homes. So that's good news for them.

RTC also says the new freeway project will actually create more space for drainage and water storage, so the agency says the project will reduce the threat of flooding in the Rosewood Lakes area.

Construction is expected to be finished in the summer.

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