Dear Lemmon Valley and Antelope Valley residents

posted almost 5 years ago by fsalas from Washoe County Labels: community meeting plan barriers army corps
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Reno, Nevada. March 14, 2017.
The State of Nevada, Washoe County and the North Valleys Incident Command Team have immediately begun a short-term, temporary plan to prevent the spread of flood waters to protect homes and property in Lemmon Valley.

Temporary barriers will be strategically placed in areas around Swan Lake in Lemmon Valley beginning today. The barriers will stretch approximately five miles long and will be four-feet high. In the middle of the barriers will be more than 12,000 yards of sand. The product proved successful when it was used for emergency relief efforts in past hurricane and tropical storm events worldwide.

In order to most efficiently construct the barriers in a timely manner and for the safety of residents, road closures are necessary. Crews will be closing Lemmon Drive between Oregon Blvd. and Waterash Street beginning Tuesday, March 14. The closures will be in effect until further notice.

We had to wait to get the data before making a decision to move forward with the barrier. Data showed runoff from Peavine Mountain should be less than initially anticipated, so the Army Corps of Engineers and I believe this is the best solution for the short term.

The goal is to have the barrier constructed within a week (See map of where the barriers will be built at, weather permitting. Once the barrier is constructed, crews plan to pump water that is already in neighborhoods back over the wall into Swan Lake (See video of barrier construction at

You are invited to a community meeting at O’Brien Middle School on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. to learn more about the short-term plan to prevent flood waters from affecting homes and property in Lemmon Valley.

I will give a brief update on the flooding situation, traffic impacts and provide a list of available resources for citizens.

There will be a question and answer period with citizens following the update.

Who: State of Nevada, Washoe County and the North Valleys Incident Command Team

What: Lemmon Valley Community Meeting

Where: O’Brien Middle School, 10500 Stead Blvd., Reno.

When: Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m.

In addition, federal, state and local government officials are hosting a press conference at Arizona and Lemmon Drive to discuss the plan in further detail on Tuesday at 4 p.m. You are welcome to attend; however, more specific details will be available at the Community Meeting.


Incident Commander Sam Hicks

Updates can be found on our website, Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For questions, call 775-785-6800. Listen to important updates in Lemmon Valley on AM 1150.


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