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Flood warning issued for central Lyon County as Carson River rises

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KRXI -- Noon update on the Carson River

Some Dayton homeowners have evacuated Tuesday night due to rising levels in the Carson River.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a flood warning along the Carson River in central Lyon County until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Michael Carlson, a spokesman for the Lyon County Sheriff's Office said only three homes along Harbor Road have evacuated due to flood concerns as of 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

According to the NWS, significant flooding will continue in Dayton overnight and into early Wednesday. There is also some flooding of low lands near the river along River Road.

Dayton homeowners were setting up sandbags all day Tuesday in response to flood conditions.

A temporary shelter has been established at Dayton High School. Anyone who comes to the shelter is reminded to bring medication.

The Dayton Bridge is open, according to the sheriff's office. A member of the county's roads department is on scene to monitor the river flow under the bridge.

River Road is closed closed between Cardelli and Segale roads due to a washout, the sheriff's office reports.

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Nevada Highway Patrol has reopened northbound U.S. 395 just north of Stephanie Way in Douglas County after the road was closed due to flooding.

NDOT reports southbound 395 at South Sunridge Drive is now open to one lane.

Emergency responders recommend taking Jacks Valley Road near Topsy Lane as an alternate route for southbound traffic on Foothill Road to Minden.

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The Carson River in Carson City officially began cresting at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The Carson River is expected to start to fall by 10-11 a.m., and then dip below flood action stage by 6-7 p.m.

Roughly two hours earlier, at around 6 a.m., the river surpassed 11 feet to reach major flood stage, which can cause massive bank erosion and road closures.

Impacts at 10' Per NWS Reno':

  • Minor flooding of lower portions of flood plain from Genoa to Fort Churchill, Nevada, including Carson City and Dayton.
  • River begins to go out of banks at this stage. Several homes begin to have flood problems in Genoa, Carson Valley, Stewart and Dayton.
  • Minor to moderate damage to agriculture.
  • About 8800 cfs with about a one in 10 chance of occurring any year.

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In Douglas County, residents are asked to contact the flood hotline that has been established. Call 783-6404 or 782-9099.

The line is open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, and then from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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With water levels on track to rise, Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell on Monday morning said crews were doing damage assessment and storm indication work for the entire Carson City area throughout the day.

As of Monday morning, Mayor Crowell said a "couple" area homes were flooded.

"We want to make sure that any damage and any personnel issues are taken care of," he added.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the Carson River will crest below the 2005 flood stage. However, NWS Reno says, Carson City will see periods of unsettled weather, including rain and snow through Wednesday.

With that, officials are asking people to stay away from the Carson River, where flows remain very high.

Additionally, three road closures are still in effect, including Fermi Road, Center Drive between Clear Creek Avenue and Topsy Lane, and Curry Street between Lake Glenn Drive and Rhodes Street.

Officials say sandbag locations will be restocked today by Public Works. Residents call fill sandbags at the following locations:

  • Winnie Lane/Foothill Drive
  • Ormsby Road/Washington Street
  • Third Street Parking Lot: 202 S. Curry Street
  • Fire Station 52: 2400 East College Parkway
  • City Corporate Yard: 3505 Butti Way
  • Ross Gold Park: 280 East Appion Way

The Carson City Meals on Wheels program is also closed today, according to officials. Seniors are asked to eat their provided shelf-stable meal, and welfare checks are being made on those seniors who participate in the program.

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