City of Reno begins flood barrier protection in Silver Lake area

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The City of Reno is continuing flood-protection measures for industrial buildings that surround Silver Lake in the Stead area.

The city is using barriers in anticipation of snowmelt runoff from Peavine Mountain within the west Lemmon Valley watershed, which feeds Silver Lake. These measures are designed to assist in preventing flooding of Moya Boulevard and keeping vital transportation corridors open and accessible to the public.

The city says the water-storage capacity at Silver Lake is enhanced by a large, nearby water detention basin that was created by warehouse developers during the building process. The detention basin is designed to hold additional runoff and prevent Silver Lake from overflowing. The detention basin is east of Moya Boulevard and south of Echo Avenue.

The city expects the barriers to be completed by about April 5. More information, including sandbag locations, is available at

The city signed a Declaration of the Existence of a Local State of Emergency on March 17, 2017 due to flood threats in the west Lemmon Valley watershed, specifically the industrial buildings that surround Silver Lake in the Stead area.

On February 23, 2017, Washoe County signed a Declaration of Emergency due to the ongoing flooding issues throughout the county, including areas in the North Valleys, Lemmon Valley, Palomino Valley and Rancho Haven.

The city is working with the State of Nevada, Washoe County and the North Valleys Incident Command Team on Lemmon Valley and Stead flood mitigation, which includes three impacted watersheds: Cold Springs (White Lake), West Lemmon Valley (Silver Lake) and East Lemmon Valley (Swan Lake).

City of Reno residents and businesses can call Reno Direct at 775-334-4636, during normal business hours, to report flooding.

Washoe County’s latest Lemmon Valley Flooding Update contains information about community resources, including a community meeting Wednesday, March 29 at O’Brien Middle School (10500 Stead Boulevard) at 6 p.m. Residents in unincorporated Washoe County who are experiencing flooding can call 775-328-2180.