Floods and Fires

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Chief Stacey Giomi, of the Carson City Fire Department, says Wednesday morning's rain was a deluge that would prove good or bad for residents living on the steep hillside in Carson City.
"This storm has been a fairly significant test, this whole winter has been a fairly significant test. We had record snowfalls and that really helped germinate that seed and I think the hillside has really sprouted with grass..."
A flash flood warning issued until early Wednesday morning for Carson City proved to be a test of the hillside where fire raged almost one year ago.
The Waterfall Fire created a natural clearing racing up and down the hillside, allowing a perfect condition for mudslides.
To try and stop the slides before they begin, residents and firefighters turn to work with mother nature.
Joan Ott and her husband evacuated their home last year, and she says they were lucky to return with a house untouched by a fire that raged all around the property.
Ott says the work began immediately to prepare for floods and fires.
"Grass has been put in all around the back and the neighbor's have put in some Aspen trees in the Canyon where the fire went through. We also put some straw rolls along the banks. We had some sand-bagging along our fence and just tried to keep everything planted. It looks like the vegetation is doing the job."
The city and the bureau of land management have planted hundreds of trees, removed dead ones and spread seed mixed protected by hay along steep hillsides.
Chief Giomi says the re-nourishment began before the fire even ended.
"Those are done, actually, while the fire is still being fought. So, one end of the fire we're working to put it out and the other end we're already looking to rehab the work."
Fighting fires and floods are just a part of life for these residents that can see the damage left by the Waterfall Fire everyday.


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