Douglas County Emergency Management Hosts Exercise April 4 To Prepare For Potential Spring Flooding
by Melissa Blosser, Douglas County Emergency Management · 2 min read
MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County Emergency Management (East Fork Fire Protection District) hosted a two hour tabletop exercise on April 4, 2017 to prepare for potential flooding due to spring runoff. The record setting and unprecedented snow pack, as well as the repeated occurrences of Atmospheric River storms, have brought heavy rains to the entire region and continue to drive additional concerns for late spring and early summer flooding.
“As we receive information from the National Weather Service, we will continue to notify the public and keep them informed of potential flooding in our County,” said County Manager, Larry Werner. “In the meantime, the best thing the public can do is have a plan for an extended flooding event.”
The tabletop was designed to address the potential for longer periods of flooding and the challenges Douglas County could face.
Examples included the expected closures of all East and West accesses across the west side of the valley, a closure of Kingsbury Grade due to a massive mud slide, the extended closure of US 395 in Northern Douglas County, and the need to extend evacuations into other areas not normally impacted by flood waters. Over 24 representatives from various agencies attended and generated a list of challenges and solutions that an extended flood incident might cause. The group also considered the prior two events and critiqued the response.
Douglas County has received two national declarations and is currently working with its partners and FEMA on recovery matters for both the January event and the February event.
The Flood Hotline will be activated as needed 775-782-6262.