Walker River flood danger subsiding

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YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO) - Lyon County emergency officials say it appears residents in the Walker River Basin have seen the highest river flow of the year, and that the Walker River is beginning to drop. Many people in the communities of Yerington, Mason Valley and Smith Valley have begun to take flood protection measures down.

County Manager Jeff Page says high flows may still be seen from time to time, but the county shouldn’t see flows like the river had earlier this year. All roads except Miller Lane are open. Miller Lane still has water flowing over it at spots. Once the water has receded, county crews need two to three weeks for the road to dry out before they can assess the damage and make necessary repairs.

Miller Lane has been the main route in past years to move traffic for the annual A Night in the Country concert being held July 27-30, 2017. The public can expect significant delays on Highway 95A south into Yerington, Goldfield Avenue at Main Street and Highway 95A going east from Yerington during that time.

According to a statement, "Lyon County appreciates the efforts of its staff, the City of Yerington, the Walker River Irrigation District, Peri and Sons, Circle Bar N Ranch, Scierine Ranch, Snyder Ranch and the entire community for their efforts to protect the community from flooding."

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