RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - “We called it Browning Lake,” says Golden Valley resident Chis Dunn as he points to his back yard.
Dunn says his yard looked just like a lake after the flooding on January 9th.
On Browning Drive in Golden Valley, he says the water just kept coming into his backyard. On the backyard patio he points to small drains spread out among the pavers.
“These things were totally and completely full of falling water and the water came up to a level of about here,” says Dunn as he puts his hands about six inches high.
To the east of his property, water went down this fence line, and into the ditch in front of his house. While those are events of the past, flooding problems continue.
“And you can see how high the water table is, that water is not seeping in and won't,” he says, as he points to puddles around the neighborhood.
“I have a sump with a sump pump. And I dug ditches in spots underneath the house which diverts water to the sump. And the water activates the pump. The pump now goes off 20 times a day to 30 times a day,” says Dunn.
Dunn says his septic went out in January.
They use the R-V for toilets and showers, as do many of his neighbors, as they re in the same boat.
His well is still functioning, but the electrical wires have been pulled outside because the water level is very near the well cap.
“So I have rigged this up so these wires are protected from the rain, but aren't sitting in the water,” says Dunn.
Two pipes come from the west side of his house and drain into the ditch out in front.
That is where water from the crawl space, and the patio drains flow.
“The water was so high and going so fast it was absolutely pushing water up that pipe,” says of the flooding episode in January.
Dunn says this all could have been a lot worse.
He takes us down the street to an open area where homes will be built.
The developer built a deep ditch around the piece of land about a year ago, and that has made all the difference.
“If the water were coming out of that pipe and didn't have this ditch to go in to, it would have gone until it hit that ridge and then it would have filled up as a lake and backed up just like Swan Lake has done,” Dunn says.