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June 14, 2017 3:55 PM

June 14, 2017 - Flood Mitigation Update

• Outflows from Lahontan Reservoir will be increased to approximately 1500 cfs in total with 500 cfs in the Carson River effective Tuesday, June 13, 2017
• Should we encounter an unplanned major event other options such as reopening the weir will be evaluated
• It is recommended that residents leave defense precautions in place and be vigilant of weather or run-off events
• Due to irrigation, the river will fluctuate throughout the summer


At today’s weekly briefing of all the participating parties, the snow pack, Carson River flows, and Lahontan Reservoir forecast and projections were carefully evaluated. The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District and the Bureau of Reclamation have decided to increase the outflows from Lahontan due to the current inflows and the projected run-off.

This decision is made with the understanding that if we have unplanned major events in the upstream of the Carson River other options may have to be employed. It is highly recommended that residents leave their defensive precautions in place and to be vigilant of weather and run-off events. Irrigation deliveries may cause some fluctuations in Carson River flows throughout the summer months.

The goal is maintain the Carson River flow at approximately 1000 cfs. The situation will continue to be monitored and adjustments will be made when necessary.

If you need to report debris or breaches, please contact the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office at 775.423.3116. If it is an emergency situation dial 911. Sandbag delivery operations are suspended at this time. The Emergency Operations Center may be reached for messages only at 775.423.4177.

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