Genoa Flood Assessment

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

The flood waters came rushing down Nixon Street, bringing mud and debris down the hill. Standing right in harm's way is Genoa's main drag...and this cluster of shops.

"Then when I opened the door, I saw 4 to 5 inches of water and mud," says Kelly Faltis. She and her mom Carol are the co-owners of Sugarplum Bakery & Treats.

They welcomed in the new year... not with the sound of champagne popping...but rather with the hum of a shop vacuum and the scrapping sound of furniture being rearranged. They estimate their damage will total 35-hundred dollars.

"It's a lot for a small business. I hope we get some help because it's a lot for us."

Enter the crew with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. Over the last two weeks, they've been visiting communities -- specifically private businesses and homes -- that were hit by the flood in order to assess damage. And to bring help to people like the Faltis family.

"How much would it cost to make this what it was before the storm. That's what we're looking at. That's the price we try to figure out," says Dan Burns with the Nevada DEM.

He says next they will compile a report for Governor Guinn to review. If he sees fit, he's the only one who can ask for federal aid money through FEMA.

It could take several weeks to process the paperwork...and before any real money is pumped through these communities in need.


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