November 28, 2014
Nearly two weeks after rising waters invaded their homes and businesses, Sparks residents are still looking for help to recover from the New Year's Eve Flood.
The Sparks Chamber of Commerce partnered with the City of Sparks to put on a post-flood workshop Wednesday night to talk about damaged areas and share ideas on how to better prepare for a flood, and protect property.
Many community members seemed to walk away with the answers they were looking for. Others are still frustrated because they expected more protective measures to be in place since the flood of 1997. One business owner - who wanted to remain anonymous - says her flood damage adds up to about $500,000. She says she's upset that officials didn't provide more urgent notice about approaching flood water. City officials say they were expecting tough issues and questions like these, and want to do the best they can to address them.
They also say they have made progress since the flood of 1997....but there's still a lot of work ahead to implement the long-term flood protection plan for Sparks, Reno and the Truckee Meadows in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers.