Gov. Joe Lombardo declared a state of emergency in northern Nevada, due to “significant” snowmelt flooding.
Most residents of Nevada – especially those in the northern half of the state – anticipated this coming. It’s not the first time, and it most likely will not be the last.
The snow in Northern Nevada made it a great season for skiing, ski resorts, and that industry in general. But now, because of an “unprecedented winter snowpack,” seasonal water runoff, flooding, mudslides and other issues have hit large sections of northern Nevada.
The declaration of emergency will enable the state and any impacted communities to receive federal assistance to protect residents, repair damage and mitigate further funding, the Governor Lombardo’s office said in a statement Monday night.
Snowmelt projections estimate the area will be impacted by flooding for an additional seven weeks, according to the governor’s office. The emergency declaration may be amended to include additional counties in the next few days.
Governor Lombardo issued the following statement: Tonight, I am declaring a state of emergency due to the impact of the unprecedented snowmelt across northern Nevada. As snowmelt flooding threatens infrastructure damage to our communities, I urge all residents to follow local guidance, remain alert, and to proactively plan transportation routes. My office will continue to partner with local, state, and federal agencies to provide direction, support, and resources where needed.
- Churchill County
- Douglas County
- Elko County
- Eureka County
- The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
- Humboldt County
- Lincoln County
- Lyon County
- Storey County
- The Walker River Paiute Tribe
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