State of Nevada Works with Counties in Preparation of Northern Nevada Floods


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - January 06, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced measures being taken by the State of Nevada to prepare for the anticipated floods in Northern Nevada. The Governor is urging all residents to follow the recommended safety and preparation procedures prior to Sunday.

 “I have received a briefing from the Nevada Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and have been updated on potential disaster preparations at the local, county, and state level. I have also spoken with Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Lucey. Several of our state departments will begin pre-positioning resources beginning today,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “The State will do whatever it takes to ensure that the local, county and tribal partners have the resources they need to manage this potential disaster and protect our citizens.”

The Reno office of the National Weather Service has issued the following flood preparation instructions:

•           Check for more information including sandbag locations in Washoe County, Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, and Storey County

•           Clear drains and gutters of debris and snow

•           Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly

•           Follow the instructions of local law enforcement and emergency personnel

•           Follow #NVFlood17 ad #RenoFlood for alerts

Chris Smallcomb, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service of Reno stated, “Now is the time to be working on preparations for flooding – along rivers and near flood prone areas in the Sierra and western Nevada. Construction areas can have enhanced risk of flooding problems. Make good use of the time available because Saturday weather will not be as favorable for flood preparations and significant flooding is likely Sunday.”

Governor Sandoval has directed the Division of Emergency Management to activate the State Emergency Operations Center in Carson City. The Governor has also ordered the Departments of Public Safety, Health and Human Services, and Transportation to provide on-the-ground resources to local and county preparedness and emergency management centers. 

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and take the necessary precautions to prepare for likely flooding. Sandbag sites can be found across the region and the Governor urges all residents to remain calm during this difficult time.


Office of the Governor . 101 North Carson Street . Carson City, NV 89701 . (775) 684-5670
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