Flash Flooding Causes Property Damage In East Valley & Ruhenstroth Area (PHOTOS)

Posted By on June 10, 2015

Staff Reports

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — UPDATE 7 pm: Via Douglas County —Douglas County Emergency Management responded to Flash Flooding in the Ruhenstroth, Fish Springs, East Valley and Pine Nut areas Wednesday afternoon after receiving several calls on Flash Flooding and heavy rainfall.

The areas mostly impacted are in the Ruhenstroth area, where there is property damage, and in the Sawmill and Arroyo Roads areas. There are currently nine properties with damage that have been reported. Active flows are continuing in the dip sections in the Ruhenstroth areas. The main push of water has now reached the canal west of Sawmill Road and is now receding. Private property damage has been reported in the Pinenut 2 area with landscaping damage to approximately 5 properties that we are aware of at this time.

The Douglas County Road Department is assisting in those areas and working to clear roads and debris. East fork Fire and Emergency Management is assisting residents affected in these areas and is in constant contact with the National Weather Service.

Rain and flooding potential will still exist for the next few hours and we continue to monitor.

If residents need immediate assistance, they are encouraged to contact 911. If residents wish to report damage or have questions, but do not need immediate assistance, please contact East Fork Fire Protection District’s business line between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. at (775)-782-9040.

All roads have been Re-opened. Please use caution when driving through affected areas.

For current updates please visit http://www.douglascountynv.gov/

UPDATE 5:26 p.m.: The Record-Courier reports the road is reopened on Out-R-Way and water is no longer flowing over the roadway.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m. via Douglas County: Douglas County continues to monitor the flooding situation in several areas. The areas mostly impacted are in the Ruhenstroth area, where there is some property damage, and in the Sawmill and Arroyo Roads areas. Douglas County Emergency Management is currently aware of nine properties with damage. We continue to access and assist residents. Active flows are continuing in the dip sections in the Ruhenstroth areas. The main push of water has now reached the canal west of Sawmill Road and is now receding. There has been some private property impact Pinenut 2 area with landscaping damage to approximately 5 properties that we are aware of at this time.
The Douglas County Road Department is assisting in those areas. Douglas County Emergency Management is coordinating response and documentation efforts and is in constant contact with the National Weather Service.
Rain and flooding potential will still exist for the next few hours and we continue to monitor. A spot weather forecast has been requested. If residents need immediate assistance, they are encouraged to contact 911. If residents wish to report damage or have questions, but do not need immediate assistance, please contact East Fork Fire Protection District’s business line between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
That number is 775-782-9040.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Flash Flooding in the Fish Springs Area has caused a road closure on East Valley Road at Out-R-Way and Pine Nut Road due to water in the Road. The closure went into effect around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of Liz Rivera-Garcia

Photo courtesy of Liz Rivera-Garcia

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for Central Douglas County and Western Nevada until 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Areas most prone to flash flooding include small creeks and streams in and near the higher terrain, near burn scars, and normally dry washes. Rock slides and debris/water flows over roadways are possible . Low lying areas, where some roads are, will be susceptible to flooding.

Recommended actions:
A low pressure system moving over the Great Basin will interact with tropical moisture from the remnants of hurricane Blanca. Producing showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday resulting in areas of heavy rain with localized flash flooding possible. The heavier rain will taper off by Wednesday evening.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

For more information on flash floods visit:

http://www.nevadafloods.org/

For up-to-the-minute information, you can listen to the Emergency Services Radio Scanner here.

Updates will be posted as they become available. Photos of the storm and flooding are being collected below. If you have a photo to add to the mix, post it to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cvalleytimes or e-mail it to joey@carsonvalleytimes.com.

 

 

 

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