Flood Watch March 2023


Recovery Resources

What should residents do after a flood? 

Check out floodsmart.gov for tips from FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program. The site includes information on how to prepare for flooding, how to file a flood claim, flood maps, and more.

Also, ready.gov offers the following post-flood safety tips:

Watch your step! Flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass and metal.

Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves, and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris.

Hands off! Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm or if it is wet to prevent being electrocuted.

Flooded homes are hazards! Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.

Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline, or sewage.

Use generators or other gas powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.

Flood Hotline
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, the flood hotline will be closed due to a lack of call volume.

Douglas County has activated a call center to allow the public to report non-emergency incidents related to the current flooding. Residents can call 775-783-6038 to report any non-emergency-related flood concerns. The call center is operational from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily. For flood emergencies, please call 911.

Disaster Declaration Information

1. Disaster Declaration Process
2. Nevada Preliminary Damage Assessment Training Tool
3. Public Assistance and Small Business Administration Thresholds and Individual Assistance Factors

Douglas County Sandbag 

Genoa Fire Station
2298 Main St., Genoa

Jacks Valley Station 15
3450 Jacks Valley Rd, Carson City

Sheridan Fire Station
980 Sheridan Ln., Gardnerville

Johnson Lane Fire Station
1450 Stephanie Ln., Minden

Fish Springs Fire Station
2249 Fish Springs Rd., Gardnerville

Ruhenstroth Fire Station
2008 Pinto Cir., Gardnerville 

Support Services Center (East Fork Fire)
940 Mitch Dr. (Across from Station 7), Gardnerville

Holbrook Highlands at the Family Support Council Building
3324 Highland Way, Gardnerville

Kahle Drive between the Judicial Center and Sushi Pier

Damage Assessment Tool

The County also offers a damage assessment tool that allows the public to report flood damage. This is a simple tool used by Douglas County to keep a log of the issues during an event so staff can utilize the data for future Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) needs, or repairs in an effort to reduce damage during a future event. The tool can be accessed here.

Flood Materials

Ready.gov Flood Information
NFIP Disaster Response Resources
Recursos de Respuesta a Desastres
Septic System Information: Septic System Info 1Septic System Info 2
Roof Snow Load
Livestock Watering Needs
How to prepare for flooding, how to file a flood claim, flood maps, and more

Road Closures 
All roads are currently OPEN

UPDATE: Buckeye Road is OPEN.
UPDATE: UPDATE: East Valley Road is OPEN at Kiss Lane and Eldon Way.

UPDATE: Centerville Lane is OPEN from Foothill Road to Highway 88.
UPDATE: Windmill Road is OPEN from Mount Como Road to Calle Hermosa Road.
UPDATE: US 395 is OPEN between Highland Way and Leviathan Mine Road.
UPDATE: Jacobsen Lane is OPEN in both directions at Out-R-Way due to water flowing over the roadway.

Road Advisories
Be advised: There is water on the roadway in several places on Fish Springs Road.

Press Releases

Douglas County Offices to Close Tuesday, March 14, County Services will be Provided Online or Remotely Where Possible
With Another Atmospheric-River Event on the Way, the Time to Prepare is Now
Douglas County Board of County Commissioners Declares a Local State of Emergency
With Potential Flooding in the Forecast, Douglas County Urges Residents to Prepare
Due to Regional Flooding, Douglas County Offices are to Close Immediately
Douglas County Board of County Commissioners Declares a Local State of Emergency


UPDATE 3-15-23 10:39 a.m.
The Precautionary Evacuation Warning for the Buckeye/Dangberg Reservoir area has been lifted.

UPDATE 3-14-23 9:35 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, the region will experience "Periods of heavy rain and snow today into this evening with flooding, travel, and snow loading concerns. Widespread strong winds looking more likely this afternoon and evening, with some localized damage possible. More of a weather break Wednesday into Friday for many areas. High flows, possibly to near monitor or flood stages, on some rivers and streams lingering into Thursday or Friday. Storm door opens back up starting Saturday night or Sunday. Possible larger storm mid-next week but looks colder and confidence is mixed."

UPDATE 3-11-23 12:10 p.m.

With localized flooding and excessive snow buildup in many parts of the county—and another atmospheric river event on the way Monday, March 13—the time to prepare for the next round of storms is now. On Friday, March 10, The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency, followed by a declaration of emergency from Governor Joe Lombardo. The County is advising the public to assess their individual situations and gather the necessary flood preparedness and emergency supplies when safe to do so.

On Saturday, March 11, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the region will experience, “Continued snow impacts, especially for the mountains with rain or snow showers for lower elevations this weekend. The next atmospheric river brings wind, flood, and snow impacts late Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The County has activated an emergency operations center to more effectively respond to needs around the county, as well as a flood hotline. Residents can call 775-783-6038 to report any non-emergency-related flood concerns. The hotline is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Please call 911 for flood emergencies.

UPDATE 3-10-23 2:57 p.m.
Fish Springs Road is experiencing flood-related damage. Crews are onsite monitoring the situation. Douglas County asks residents to prepare for a potential road closure should conditions worsen.

UPDATE 3-10-23 9:12 p.m. 
Due to travel impacts from regional flooding, County offices are to close effective immediately (Friday, March 10, 2023). Douglas County courts will remain open for normal business hours. 

UPDATE 3-8-23 1:43 p.m.
The South Lake Tahoe City Manager has issued a local emergency proclamation for the city due to severe winter storms. More info here.

According to the National weather service, "Most of our river forecast points are now showing much more significant rises due to increases in the precipitation forecasts and minor increases in the expected rain snow elevations. No points are currently forecast to exceed flood stage, but two are now expected to exceed monitor stage. Those points are the East Fork of the Carson near Gardnerville and the Carson River near Carson City.

UPDATE 3-6-23 2:52 p.m.

For the latest NWS updates, click here.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising the public that precipitation could could create flooding in our region. According to NWS, "
Confidence is increasing for a warmer (near normal highs, above normal lows), wetter pattern setting up by Thursday p.m., with 90 percent of simulations now in agreement. The first system will arrive late Thursday and continue through Saturday. Heavy precipitation is expected (80+ percent likelihood), with high elevation heavy, wet snow. It’s shaping up to bring decent spillover into western Nevada as well, if the ingredients come together. WSW winds will be strong and gusty as well."

NWS adds the following information:

Our Snowpack is deep and cold and retain a lot of liquid above ~5500 feet. More melt off and water will run through the shallow, lower elevation snowpack.

Areas of greatest concern with the first storm: lower elevation (below ~5500’) creeks and streams could be pushing flood stage based on current forecast, but this may also change.

Snow berms throughout the region may act as dams and block drainages, leading to urban flood concerns.