NEVADA – Carson City officials have issued a warning to residents about the potential for flooding in crawlspaces and basements as the snowpack begins to melt. The city has experienced approximately 10 inches of rainfall since the start of the year, which is just two inches below the average yearly total of 12 inches.
The city is cautioning that heavy rainfall can saturate the soil around the foundation of a structure, leading to groundwater problems. Water from surrounding soil can push against the walls of the foundation and find its way inside, causing damage to crawlspaces and basements.
Residents who experience water in their crawlspaces or basements are advised to install a sump pump to remove it. The city is urging individuals to discharge the water into their yard, curb, gutter, or roadside ditch to enter the city’s storm drain system.
Carson City officials have explored available state or federal assistance for private property owners experiencing flooding, but at this time, there are no opportunities for that kind of aid. However, the city notes that low-interest loans may be available to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters without flood insurance who have suffered losses greater than 40% of the value of their property.
Residents are encouraged to take precautions and follow the city’s guidelines to prevent potential flooding and minimize damage to their property.
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