Lyon County to seek state of emergency through summer due to flood risk

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YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO)-- Lyon County Manager Jeff Page will ask county commissioners to declare a county-wide state of emergency through summer due to possible flooding on the Walker and Carson rivers as the snow begins to melt.

The potential for flooding on the Walker and Carson rivers are significant, Page said. The Carson River, which empties into Lake Lahonton, could flood through July. The Walker River, which empties into Walker Lake, could flood through August. The factors that could affect flooding include temperature change, additional rain and storage capacity.

“Lyon County strongly urges citizens that have property on either river to prepare their properties for high water events that may last a long duration,” the statement said. It could be similar to the 1982-1983 high water events.

The county is also working with state and federal agencies to prepare for flooding impacts.

Page will make the request at a March 16 meeting.