Flooding December 2022 - January 2023

Last updated January 18, 2023 at 8:51 a.m.

Current Storm Information

UPDATE January 18, 2023 at 8:51 a.m.: The call center has closed. The County has created a has launched a damage assessment tool, where the public can report damage to structures and infrastructure in Douglas County. Click here to access the tool, where residents can report property damage, upload photos, geotag the location in question, and give a detailed account of the issue. The tool helps the County assess damage, catalogue trends, and allocate resources.

The Douglas County flood call center is changing hours of operation to 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Residents can call 775-783-6038 to report any non-emergency-related flood concerns. For flood emergencies, please call 911.

LIVESTOCK EVACUATION CENTER Douglas County residents who need to evacuate livestock due to flooding can bring them to the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 920 Dump Rd, Gardnerville, NV 89410. Call 775-782-5126 to coordinate drop-off.
Douglas County wants to urge all residents to stay safe during winter storms. Our community should avoid unnecessary travel and have emergency plans in place in case of power outages, flooding, and dangerous snow conditions.
Residents with children that need formula, diapers, or other essential supplies are encouraged to purchase these items in advance of the storm. In addition, warming centers around the county are on standby and ready to open to the public if needed.

Road Closures

ALERT: Kingsbury Grade State Route 207 is now open. Chains are required for all vehicles except four-wheel drive with snow tires. 

ALERT: Centerville Lane in Gardnerville is now reopened.

ALERT: Buckeye Rd. is now reopened.

Visit Nevada 511 for most up to date road closures in the region
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Updated Sandbag Locations
The following locations are stocked and ready for use. Don't forget to bring your own shovel!

Sheridan Fire Station 980 Sheridan Ln., Gardnerville

Genoa Fire Station 2298 Main St., Genoa

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

Highland Way at the Large Water Tank Holbrook Highlands Area, Gardnerville

Station 21: 702 Kingsbury Grade Rd, Stateline, NV 89449

Station 23: 193 Elks Point Rd, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

Station 24: 875 US-50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

Station 25: 1803 US-50, Glenbrook, NV 89413

Kahle Drive between the Judicial Center and Sushi Pier

Warming Shelter Information
***Currently all warming centers are closed and can reopen when necessary***

Douglas County Community & Senior Center
1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410

East Fork Fire Protection District Station 4
1476 Albite Road, Wellington, NV 89444

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
18 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV 89449

Flood Resources
Ready.gov Flood Information
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

Press Releases
December 28, 2022 Douglas County Asks Residents to Prepare for Potential Flooding
January 1, 2023 -Douglas County Reminds the Community to Check On Neighbors and Shelter In Place.
January 2, 2023 Douglas County Activates Additional Warming Area 
January 3, 2023 Douglas County Urges Residents to Prepare for Next Round of Winter Storms
January 6, 2023 With New Round of Winter Storms on the Way, Douglas County Urges Residents and Businesses to Evaluate and Prepare
January 9, 2023 Douglas County Activates Call Center to Respond to Flood Incidents

Previous Updates:
UPDATE 1/4/2023 2:26 p.m.

We would like to remind the public that we are actively monitoring the current winter storms and weather patterns, and will respond based on community needs. 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.

UPDATE 1/3/2023 4:36 p.m.
Douglas County will be closing the warming centers at Douglas County Community & Senior Center and the East Fork Fire Protection District Station 4 at 6 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE 1/3/2023 1:27 p.m.
As efforts continue to remove snow and restore power, Douglas County urges residents to prepare for the next round of winter storms. According to the US National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno, “A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening for the Lake Tahoe Area, Mono County, and Lassen-Plumas-E. Sierra Counties.” NWS says the region is due to receive another round of heavy snow, which may create dangerous winter-weather conditions and hazardous travel. In addition, gusty winds could cause damage to trees and lead to power outages.

UPDATE 1/2/2023
Due to road conditions and safety concerns, Douglas Area Rural Transportation (DART) will suspend all service, fixed route and Dial-A-Ride, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. We anticipate resuming service on Wednesday, January 4 if conditions allow.
As always, our primary goal is the safety of our passengers and team. Thank you for your understanding. For more information, please call 775-782-5500.

UPDATE 1/2/2023 8:58 a.m.

Douglas County Animal Control is unable to take any additional animals for sheltering at this time due to power outage and water issues. We know your pets are important to you. The center is working on requesting an evacuation trailer to further house pets and will let the public know when this condition changes. All animals currently sheltered are being adequately cared for and receiving service.

Kelsey's Groom Shop and Boarding is taking in pets to shelter. They are not charging a fee and require a rabies vaccine. 

UPDATE 1/1/2023 8:23 p.m.
Harvey’s Lake Tahoe has put a warming area in place at the Harvey’s Convention Center Pre-Function area to assist those without power. Beginning January 1, 2023, the warming center will open 24 hours. From 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. the casino will provide coffee, hot and cold water, along with power strips and tables. Signage to help locate the area will be throughout the casino.

Address: Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, 18 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV 89449

UPDATE 1/1/2023 5:35 p.m.
There are still Douglas County residents who remain without power and NV Energy is reported some of these affected areas may not have power restored until January 3, 2023. For more information on NV Energy, Power outages visit their webpage.

As a reminder, an emergency warming shelter has been activated for Douglas County residents at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada, 89410. The shelter will be on the senior side and will remain open until further notice.
For citizens planning to stay in the shelter, a Douglas County identification is required for entry. Additionally, plan to bring clothing, medication, toiletries, baby food, formula, diapers, etc. Pets will be redirected to the animal shelter upon arrival and Animal Control will arrange for pick up.

Residents who have heat are asked to shelter in place. Check in on family, friends and neighbors, especially if they are elderly or if you think their power might be out. Those without power should consider staying with friends or family if the warming center is not an option.

County officials are working collaboratively with Douglas County Emergency Management and staff to address constituents’ needs. Officials will continue monitoring the National Weather Service’s forecast and power outages, and extend warming-center operations as needed.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m. 1/1/2023 
Douglas County is activating an emergency warming shelter for Douglas County residents on January 1, 2023 at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada, 89410. The shelter will be on the senior side and will remain open until further notice. Another round of storms is predicted to hit the region later in the week. Several residents remain without power and freezing temperatures are expected. To contact the community center, please call (775) 782-5500. For citizens planning to stay in the shelter, a Douglas County identification is required for entry. Additionally, plan to bring clothing, medication, toiletries, baby food, formula, diapers, etc. Pets will be redirected to the animal shelter upon arrival and Animal Control will arrange for pick up. For more information on how Douglas County is responding to current impacts related to the storm visit our webpage.

UPDATE 9:41 a.m. 1/1/2023
Douglas County is responding to impacts from the snowfall and plowing remains a top priority. Douglas County would like to remind residents that the roads may still not be safe for travel and is advising residents to remain cautious and to drive slowly if travel is necessary at this time.

Plowing remains a high priority for our Public Works Road Department and the County has made arrangements with private contractors to supply equipment and manpower to assist our crews with plowing. We are asking for our residents to be patient as the snow impacts are widespread throughout Douglas County and cleanup will take longer than usual. Requests for regional assistance have also been made; however, the snow impacts are also widespread throughout the state.

NDOT is dedicated to keeping highways safe for drivers by first prioritizing snow removal on major thoroughfares such as interstates. Local city and county governments are responsible for snow removal on city streets and county roads. Like many public and private employers, NDOT is experiencing staffing shortages for highway maintenance workers. While NDOT is working to provide the same level of snow removal as in previous years, motorists should also anticipate slower travel times and the potential of reduced highway snow removal. The department is also hiring for temporary winter highway maintenance workers to help keep winter highways clear.

NV Energy is continuing to work to safely restore your power. There are several areas affected by the power outage. At this time, the estimated time of restoration is approximately for the afternoon on January 1, 2023. You can also get updates via your mobile device at [nvenergy.com/outage]nvenergy.com/outage. If you have any questions or need assistance in regard to your power, please contact NV Energy at 800-962-0399 or 775-834-4444.

Douglas County may be activating a warming shelter at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville, NV 89410 later in the day and more information will be released once the roads are safe to travel.

UPDATE 5:56 p.m. 12/31/22

With a winter storm hitting Douglas County, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is asking drivers to stay off of the roads in unnecessary and non-emergency situations. DCSO is currently responding to numerous traffic accidents and stranded motorists.

The snow and slush that has fallen on roadways throughout the day is leading to reduced traction. As temperatures continue to drop, ice has the potential to form under a light layer of snow on the roadway. Adding to the dangerous driving conditions is the potential increase of impaired drivers following New Year’s Eve celebrations.

UPDATE 2:04 p.m. 12/31/22
With an atmospheric river winter storm hitting northern Nevada, the Nevada Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid driving during inclement weather.

UPDATE 1:28 p.m. 12/31/22
The Douglas County Community & Senor Center is currently without power and is closed. In the event of a shelter activation, the center will operate via a backup generator.

The Kahle Community Center in Stateline is closed.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. 12/31/22
According to Nevada DOT, U.S. 395 now open, with directions of travel being alternated on one lane, between SR 208 and Leviathan Mine Road.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m. 12/31/22

Douglas County officials are informing residents to prepare for flooding due to storms moving through the region this Friday through Sunday.

A Flood Advisory is now in effect. 
Road Flooding Update 7:49 a.m. 12/31/2022
Mudslides on Hwy 395 at Holbrook Junction area. We are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.
Roads is closed on Centerville Lane. Water has not overtopped the road yet but DCSO is reporting accidents due to hydroplaning. Please do not drive through flooded waters.
The is water in the roadway on Waterloo / Lampe Park area.

A Flood Watch is in effect from Friday morning through Saturday evening for northeast CA, Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada, and western Nevada. Douglas County residents could expect to see some road closures on arterial roads such as Mottsville, Centerville lane, Muller Lane and Genoa Lane.  Residents are encouraged to check the Douglas County website and social media channels for updates on flooding and road closures.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may result in flooding of main stem rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone areas. River flooding is most likely to occur on the east fork of the Carson River and Susan River.

Monitor forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

More information here: https://bit.ly/3hQwLlq
For more information on available Flood Resources in the State of Nevada visit the Nevada State Department of Emergency Management Flood Resource Page.