Churchill County flood information meeting set Thursday

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The public is invited to attend a town hall discussion with Churchill County, city of Fallon, Truckee Carson Irrigation District and Bureau of Reclamation officials regarding current high water mitigation efforts on Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Rafter 3C Arena.

With record snowpack in the mountains, local officials have been working to relieve the potential for flooding in Churchill County and the City of Fallon:

• Declaring an emergency March 2 to gain access to resources available at the state and federal levels for mitigation efforts.

• Releasing water from Lahontan Reservoir over the past several weeks to lower the water level to make room for eventual snowmelt run-off.

• Opening the weir built in 2017 to allow more water to be released from Lahontan Reservoir.

• Making pre-filled sandbags available for residents to pick up and use to protect private property.

• Cleaning out the Big Dig channel and culverts under Highways 95 and 50 to allow for more efficient water flow.

• Opening a High-Water Call Center, currently staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for residents to make non-emergency inquiries regarding high water resources and services. The Call Center number is 775-867-5923.

Churchill County, the city of Fallon and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District also have been developing additional measures to prevent flooding within the Fallon community and outlying areas. As in 2017, these efforts are intended to manage water flow, protect life, safety, and property, and to minimize disruptions prior to the increase in water from snowmelt in the mountains. These measures will be further discussed at the town hall meeting.

For those unable to attend, a recording will be available at: the town hall.


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