Heavy Rain Brings Flash Flooding To Carson Valley Monday Afternoon

Posted By on July 6, 2015

Staff Reports

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — UPDATE: 7 p.m. via Douglas County Emergency Management

Heavy rains, hail and lightning moved through the county late Monday afternoon and caused some localized flooding in the Sheridan and Johnson lane areas. Foothill road had water and debris over the roadway and Sheridan Acres subdivision had approximately 15 homes impacted by water in some homes and garages. Fire personnel assisted these residents with sandbags. Another cell went over the Pinenuts and caused some roadway closures on East Valley and Nye Roads. The county road department and SAR assisted in road closures. The road department will be clearing some debris off the roadways in the Johnson Lane and Sheridan areas and repairing Nye Road Tuesday. South county/TRE areas were also affected with debris from water flows over the roadways.

UPDATE: 6 p.m.: via Douglas County Emergency Management

Minden, Nevada – Douglas County Emergency Management is working on managing the storms that are currently passing through Douglas County. Areas of concern are the flood prone areas of the Fish Springs, Johnson Lane, Foothill Road and Topaz Ranch Estates.

Road closures at this time in Douglas County are East Valley Road near Eldon Way in the Johnson Lane area. Precautions should be taken when driving along roads that have steep embankments alongside such as SR207 Kingsbury Grade for falling rocks and debris.


Crews from the East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue are patrolling these areas for potential flooding.


Remember, fast moving water can sweep vehicles from the roadways and hide potential danger. Remain clear of all fast moving water.


Concerns for the public are the potential for undermined roads, trees and foundations in area where flooding has occurred. Caution should be used when the public is in and around this area. The public should be on the lookout for any hazardous materials such as propane tanks that may have been dislodged during the flood. Should anyone come into contact with an immediate concern about a hazardous material please notify the East Fork Fire Protection District or your utility company that services the issue immediately.

Photo by Bernice Swanepoel , taken off of Foothill Road

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning through 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon for a storm it warned was capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

Rain and hail hammered the southern portions of Carson Valley and the Gardnerville Ranchos starting around 3:30 p.m. Monday and moved quickly northward over the Valley.

Minor flooding had been reported on Lillian Court, Five Creek Road and the Foothill area and Topaz Ranch Road with crews responding to each scene. Water over the roadway had been observed and reported at many locations around the Valley.

Reports of rocks and mud being washed across the roadway about a mile up Kingsbury Grade have come in as well. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are responding to that call.

Emergency management crews patrolled some of the Valley’s more flood-prone areas in East Valley, Fish Springs and Ruhenstroth looking for any problem spots and keeping an eye on the various drainages and washes. Crews are stacking sandbags to divert water away from a garage on Lillian Court.

East Fork Fire Protection issued an “all-call” just prior to 4:30 p.m. for all volunteer staff to man their stations in the event their services were needed. The alert lasted approximately one hour before volunteer staff was given the “stand-down” call at 5:35 pm.