Flash flood watch issued for Topaz area near Slinkard burn scar

Mudslides on U.S. 395 at Mile Marker 1 in Douglas County.
Mudslides on U.S. 395 at Mile Marker 1 in Douglas County.(KOLO)
Published: May. 21, 2018 at 7:34 PM PDT
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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 5PM Wednesday, May 23, 2018. This includes the Slinkard Burn scar near Topaz Lake where a mudslide Monday forced the closure of U.S. 395 for several hours.

Thunderstorms this afternoon will be capable of producing heavy rain at times.

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U.S. 395 near the Topaz Lodge in Douglas County is back open after multiple mudslides blocked the road from SR 208 to the Nevada/California state line Monday night.

The incident happened around 6:38 p.m. May 21, 2018. Douglas County officials say approximately 20 occupied vehicles were impacted on the roadways. The Topaz Lodge was occupied with 100 to 150 people, who sheltered in place during the slides. Occupants of three rooms were moved to rooms not affected by the slides. No one was hurt in the mudslides.

Topaz Lodge reports it did not sustain any impacts to business and is up and running, including the restaurant.

Officials say last year's

in Douglas County contributed to the debris flow.

The Nevada Department of Transportation sent a plow and a loader truck to remove mud from the road. Emergency personnel are doing further assessment to homes and county infrastructure below the lodge and along Topaz Park Road.

Northbound traffic was stopped on the California side. Southbound drivers were diverted onto SR-208 through Wellington. NDOT reports the road reopened about noon Tuesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County SAR and the Douglas County Public Works Road Department responded to the incident. Cal Trans, Mono County EMS, California Highway Patrol, and Antelope Valley Fire assisted from the California side.