CCSO advises on flooding mitigation efforts |

CCSO advises on flooding mitigation efforts

Staff Report
An aerial photo of Lake Lahontan and the dam shows high water levels in 2006.
LVN File Photo |

The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, Bureau of Reclamation, Churchill County and city of Fallon are collaborating on flood mitigation efforts.

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said Lahontan Dam, an earth-filled embankment structure on the Carson River near Fallon (completed in 1915), is in very good condition and expected to perform well during the upcoming spring run-off season or a seismic event. A precautionary drawdown of Lahontan Reservoir is in progress. Water is currently being released through the Carson River and increased flows are expected.

The CCSO said Carson River corridor property owners are advised these releases will most likely continue into the summer and may cause land use disruptions. An emergency safety spill is being installed on the V-Line Canal that will be used to release water onto federal land south of Sheckler Reservoir. This new safety spill will provide added safety to the more densely populated areas, said the CCSO. This water is expected to reach U.S. Highway 95 and may cross it after the V-Line release point becomes operational; it could affect properties in the Carson Lake area.

If interested in obtaining Whole-Farm Revenue Protection or residential flood insurance, important eligibility deadlines will apply including the effective coverage date. The CCSO encourages residents to contact an insurance carrier immediately. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency website shows information and agents for farm insurance programs.

Visit to view flood-plain maps. If needed, contact the emergency operations center (hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at 775-423-4188.