YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO) - The National Weather Service in Reno has changed the forecast regarding flooding on the Walker River. The river is now forecasted to reach a peak of approximately 2500 cubic feet per second by Friday, May 26, 2017, instead of the earlier forecast of 3370.
This change, according to a county release, has provided emergency officials with some relief and allows additional time to complete protective measures. County Manager Jeff Page says it doesn’t mean the county is out of the woods and that the public should continue with protective measures, and those measures should be kept in place for the weeks to come.
This summer will see a lot of water running through the Walker River and any significant change in weather or debris build-up could create flooding. Lyon County and the City of Yerington will continue monitoring the river and working with the National Weather Service to keep the public informed.
Page says all processes for warning, evacuation and response are in place and he is hopeful that "they won’t have to be used but he warns its way too early to let our guard down."