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Fernley Flood Five years later: City, county upgrade emergency system

Five years ago, the city of Fernley was struck by one of the largest disasters in its history.At 4:19 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2008, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received its first flood call from a resident on Blue Opal Court. More than 800 homes were flooded and at least 1,500 people were evacuated. No injuries or fatalities were reported in the aftermath of the flood. Water stormed Fernley after a breach in the Truckee Canal, which officials at the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District said was caused by rodents burrowing in the embankments.The breach occurred at a spot south of Cottonwood …

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