Flood Management a Factor in Connector Project

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RENO, Nev.--There is more reaction to a lawsuit filed this week against the Southeast Connector project. Because of the road's planned location, some are concerned it could negatively affect the Truckee River flood plane. The road will be raised about seven inches and will bisect the flood plane. It could keep water on one side and not on another.

People against the Southeast Connector project say this problem needs serious consideration before construction. Officials with the Truckee River Flood Management Authority say they are working closely with RTC, and are running models to see what effect the road would have.

"If we find that there is an impact, there is a number of solutions that are available to us, design changes in both projects, there is a number of different design changes that can be made to basically mitigate any impact that we find," says Jay Aldean, Executive Director of the Truckee River Flood Management Agency.

Flood management officials expect their models should be ready in a few weeks. From there, they will be able to incorporate any necessary changes into the Southeast Connector project.