Crews Respond To Minor Flooding In Johnson Lane Friday Evening

Posted By on July 8, 2015

Staff Reports

MINDEN, Nev. — Update, 6:30 a.m., Saturday: Crews responded to minor flash flooding and water flow in the Johson Lane area Friday evening as runoff from a storm to the east reached the area. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Fork Fire Protection and road crews were all on scene to help residents in the area.

Saturday’s forecast calls for clear skies and 78 degree temperatures, and it appears as though the Valley will finally get a break from rainstorms for at least the next week.


Update, 3:51 p.m., Friday, July 10: The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch once again for the area from 2 p.m. today through this evening. Slow-moving thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are in the forecast this afternoon and evening with the highest risk for flash flooding between 2 and 8 p.m.

The areas that have had flash flooding within the past several days will be more prone to flash flooding due to already-saturated soils. The National Weather Service said the watch indicates that the ingredients are there to create storms capable of heavy rainfall and flooding, but it is not a guarantee that such storms will develop.

Residents should be prepared for immediate action should heavy rains and flooding occur, or if a full-on flash flood warning is issued.

Sandbags can be found at the following locations:
Station 4- Topaz Ranch Estates, 1476 Albite, Wellington
Station 6- Johnson Lane Fire Station, 1450 Stephanie Lane, Minden
Station 8- Sheridan Fire Station, 980 Sheridan Lane, Gardnerville
Station 9- Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Rd, Gardnerville
Station 10- Ruhenstroth Fire Station, 2008 Pinto Circle, Gardnerville

Please note some of these stations may not be manned at all times. Sandbags are available for pick up at will.

The Douglas County road department will be closing Johnson Lane between Wildhorse and Vicky on Friday, re-routing traffic through the Wildhorse Sub-division. They will be working in the detention basin and many other places along Johnson Lane. Station 6 is still open for information and data collection. The flood hotline and e-mail is still open 775-782-6262, or douglasflood@gmail.com.

Douglas County Emergency Management reports that State Damage Assessment Teams came out to the affected areas Thursday to determine the amount of damage to public infrastructure as well as attempting to determine private property damage following state and FEMA damage assessment criteria. The County hopes to have this report completed as soon as possible.

A public Douglas County flash flood hotline (775)782-6262 and email address has been established at douglasflood2015@gmail.com. Residents can use these contacts to report damages for the state assessment. Please leave a detailed message with your name, contact information and address for future damage assessment.

The County reported more than 100 personnel working the incident, including three Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) Fire Hand Crews. The County filled and assisted with the deployment of more than 3,000 sand bags.

Douglas County public information officer Melissa Blosser said road crews are working throughout the day until to assist in the continued clean-up efforts. Drainage and flow lines are being cleaned and cleared from the upper areas of Johnson and Stephanie Lanes, working downward, following the flow pattern priorities.

“We expect these efforts will assist with any additional flood waters that may be experienced over the next few days,” she said. “We are scheduling the NDF crews for the same type of work next week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.”

If you have significant flood damage on your street please call Public Works
(775)783-6480 and they will respond to your inquiry in order of severity.


Update, 1:15 p.m., Thursday, July 9: Update courtesy of Douglas County Emergency Management – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Johnson Lane area. We are asking the general public to refrain from this area as work crews are trying to clean roadways and clear debris from ditches.

Current road closures are Stephanie Way at Vicky Lane, Stephanie Way and East Valley, Stephanie Way at Downs, East Valley and Johnson Lane and at the wash on Nye Lane.

East Fork Fire Protection District, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Nevada Division of Forestry, Douglas County Road Department,  Nevada Highway Patrol and State Division of Emergency Management  have responded to the area and are working to evaluate the level of damage to the public infrastructure such as culverts, roads, bridges and water drainage.

The Nevada Department of Emergency Management State Damage Assessment team is on the ground in Douglas County accessing the damage and collecting data. The State emergency operation center has been activated and is working closely with the Douglas County Emergency Manager and the Douglas County Sheriff office in compiling the data that is being collected and providing resources as needed.

As of just prior to 1 p.m. Thursday, flood waters were preparing to cross Johnson Lane in the 1300 block of the street. Fire crews responded to the scene to attempt to shore up a house in the path of the floodwaters with sandbags.


Update 11:50 a.m., July 9:Update courtesy of Douglas County Emergency Management – Douglas County Emergency Management is tracking this next round of flash flooding and heavy rain is moving to the East Valley/Johnson Lane area. Road closure and traffic control off Johnson Lane is once again likely.

Public officials are asking that the public remain out of the area unless you are a homeowner, and please understand that the current conditions are very hazardous. When driving in this area, slow down as heavy equipment and emergency personnel are still working in this area. Please remain out of the area unless you have business being in this area.

Douglas County has activated a flood hot line for residents who have been affected by the flooding. The number to call is (775) 782-6262 or e-mail douglasflood2015@gmail.com.

Approximately 141 homes were recorded Wednesday as possibly having water and structural damage and an unknown amount of homes with landscape damage. Caution should be used in areas where exposed underground utilities have been identified. No injuries have been reported from this incident. Douglas County has several miles of undermined roads and the public should use caution in the Johnson Lane area for steep embankments and loose roadways.

Photo courtesy of Douglas County

Photo courtesy of Douglas County

County and Town of Gardnerville road crews got to work repairing roadways early Thursday morning. Light to moderate rainstorms  are expected once again on Thursday, starting after 11 a.m.

The Johnson Lane Firehouse Station 6 is being utilized as the local field office for citizens to report damage occurred in this incident.

A detailed damage assessment report will begin as soon as possible, as well as a request for an aerial reconnaissance of the damage.

Douglas County Emergency Management is in contact with the State of Nevada Emergency Management and have addressed the damage.

A need and a location for debris sites will be evaluated in the morning.

Sandbags can be found at the following locations:
Station 4- Topaz Ranch Estates, 1476 Albite, Wellington
Station 6- Johnson Lane Fire Station, 1450 Stephanie Lane, Minden
Station 8- Sheridan Fire Station, 980 Sheridan Lane, Gardnerville
Station 9- Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Rd, Gardnerville
Station 10- Ruhenstroth Fire Station, 2008 Pinto Circle, Gardnerville

Please note some of these stations may not be manned at all times. Sandbags are available for pick up at will.

 

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UPDATE 6 p.m., July 8 Via Douglas County Emergency Management — Douglas County Emergency Management is working on managing the current flooding in the Stephanie and Johnson Lane areas of Douglas County. Rain and hail hit the Valley hard starting just before 1 p.m. Wednesday and caused areas of localized and flash flooding.

Douglas County, like other northern Nevada Counties has been hit with several daily rounds of heavy precipitation laden thunderstorms for over a week now.

The East Fork Fire Protection District is establishing a field office at Fire Station 6 on Stephanie Way where residents can report damages. The district will staff this location from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday evening. The field office will be open again in the morning at 8:00 AM.

The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners met at the Douglas County EOC and has approved a Disaster Declaration for the affected area.

The declaration will allow the county to call in additional crews to help clear roads, debris removal and repair public infrastructure that continues to be damaged as repeated storms cause flash flooding. The declaration has been forwarded to the State Division of Emergency Management. Depending on the dollar amount of damage to public infrastructure, a State Declaration may be considered as well as a FEMA Declaration.

The most recent flash flood was primarily concentrated in the Stephanie Lane and Johnson Lane areas. East Fork Fire Protection District personnel, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Search and Rescue and Douglas County Road personnel responded immediately and are currently making assessments and cleaning roadways. East Fork Fire Protection District is out helping to deploy sandbags in the Johnson Lane area. Sandbags are available at Fire Station 6 on Stephanie Way.

County Road crews are currently working to open primary roadway access to the area followed by secondary roadway access clearing. Consideration to secure private contractor assistance will be made on Thursday following further assessment and once water flows have slowed.

The County will be working with the state damage assessment teams to determine the amount of damage to public infrastructure as well as attempting to determine private property damage following state and FEMA damage assessment criteria. The County hopes to have this report completed as soon as possible.

The National Weather Service issues appropriate warnings from their radar system and the Emergency Broadcast System. If Douglas County needed to issue evacuation notices the Emergency Alert System would be activated. Tentative weather forecasts indicate that additional thunderstorms are forecasted for the next several days. Residents in flood prone areas are encouraged to monitor the daily forecasts.

If you think your well head has gone below the level of the water and contaminated your well site, please contact:

Nevada State Health Laboratories
1660 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
(775) 688-1335

Should any resident have issues with sewer contamination or septic system exposure, please contact the Douglas County Building Department, Valerie Nunes at (775) 782- 6222.

Debris sites have not been currently established. If debris sites are established, the information will be released on social media, at douglascountynv.gov and via press release or public notice at the field office.


Previous Updates
Update 3:35 pm, July 8: Via Douglas County: Douglas County Emergency Management is working on managing the current flooding in the Johnson Lane area.

Several road closures have occurred in this area; Johnson Lane at US Hwy 395, East Valley Road at Buckeye Road, Stephanie and Vicky and East Valley Road at Eldon Lane.

Currently East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Road Department, Douglas County Search and Rescue, NHP and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse are out assisting residents and responding to the issues.

Public officials are asking that the public remain out of the area unless you are a homeowner, and please understand that the current conditions are very hazardous. When driving in this area slow down as heavy equipment and emergency personnel are still working in this area.

Please remain out of the area unless you have business being in the area.

Concerns for the public are the potential for undermined roads, trees and foundations.

Caution should be used when the public is in and around this area. The public should be on the lookout for any hazardous materials to include liquid 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.

Additional heavy rains are forecasted for the next several hours.


Update 3:27 pm, July 8: Majority of roads off Johnson Lane are closed. Please stay off roadways and use caution while driving. Public officials are asking people to remain out of the area due to hazardous conditions.

Via Douglas County: This last round of Flash Floods Wednesday afternoon has affected East Valley closing the road near Fremont and other areas along the road. All washes are running.

Johnson Lane (the road) is closed and flooded East of Vicky. It is reported the road has been damaged as well.

Stephanie and Vicky Lane have also been closed due to Flooding.

Emergency Management is currently sending help to the area of concern for assistance.

If you have significant flood damage on your street please call Public Works (775)783-6480 and they will respond to your inquiry in order of severity.
Several roads and homes in the area affected.

Heavy rain and hail hit the area shortly before 1 pm Wednesday.

We will be updating this story as we receive more information.

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