LEMMON VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - When a storm is forecast to hit Northern Nevada, Lemmon Valley residents say they instantly get nervous.
“Yes, because I know what it has done in the past. And I know how the flooding has been a problem."
For 16-year Lemmon Valley resident Kim Richardson, and others living in the already-flooded area, storms aren’t just storms anymore.
“No, it’s not. It’s not like you start over fresh. Instead of being at the bottom we are already half way. And so, a storm can put us over the edge and cause flooding.”
Several areas in Lemmon Valley haven’t recovered from flooding that happened nearly two years ago. Video shows water being pumped from Arkansas Drive and Lemmon Drive onto the other side of Lemmon Drive. Richardson says with potential flooding looming, she’s think about her evening commute.
“Then the worry is, like when I dropped my daughter off at school, I was wondering today if Lemmon Drive would even stay open or if I’d have to drive through Stead to get home and how long that would last.”
Richardson says every day she has to think about her commute because Arkansas Drive has been closed since the major flooding and now the road directly to her house, Nectar Street, is closed from about 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
“There’s been nights where I’ve had to drive out just to make sure I could get out. I work at six in the morning and I’m a nurse so I can’t not go to work, so I have to make sure I have an alternate way to get to work, so we have to plan ahead.”
Not only do the constant road closures make for inconvenient travel for Richardson; they make it so there is only one way in and out of her neighborhood.
“And so that, if there was a real issue where we had to evacuate would be very unsafe as well.”
Right now it’s a waiting game; how much water will Lemmon Valley get and will the water pumping and barriers be enough?