Two Stormwater Master Plan Public Workshops

Douglas County Hosts Two Stormwater Master Plan Public Workshops
Posted on 01/18/2024
Stormwater Workshop Press Release

Flooding has a widespread impact on the entire community in Douglas County, ranging from road closures and school shutdowns to delayed emergency vehicle responses. The repercussions extend beyond individual neighborhoods, affecting the entire region.

Douglas County is organizing two public workshops in February with the aim of adhering to best practices in stormwater management and flood response. The purpose is to enhance transparency and seek public input on the County's stormwater master plan.

The Draft Stormwater Master Plan can be viewed here.

The workshops will take place at the following locations:

  • Monday, February 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Kahle Community Center in the Tallac Room (236 Kingsbury Grade Rd, Stateline, NV 89449)
  • Tuesday, February 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center in the Dining Room (1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville, NV 89410)

“I look forward to sharing our vision of stormwater management during these workshops,” said Douglas County Stormwater Program Manager Courtney Walker. “Floods can affect all of us, even if our homes or businesses aren’t directly flooded. The continuous gathering of new information contributes to enhancing preparedness and mitigation for future flooding scenarios.”

Living with floods has become part and parcel of living in northern Nevada. Douglas County has experienced a series of severe floods over the years, and we urge the public to examine how they fit into the flood equation.

FLOOD TIPS provides the following tips for residents to act before, during, and after a flood:


  • Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. 
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash-flood response. 
  • Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days in case you must leave immediately or if services are cut off in your area.
  • Purchase or renew flood insurance.


  • Evacuate immediately if told to evacuate. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Contact your healthcare provider If you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • Stay inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the car.
  • Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there, signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.


  • Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  • Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris. 
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.