NEVADA – In response to the severe consequences of seasonal water runoff, including flooding and mudslides, Governor Joe Lombardo has declared a state of emergency in northern Nevada, effective May 29. The declaration aims to address the challenges posed by unprecedented snowmelt and runoff, which are posing threats to regional infrastructure, rivers, and reservoirs.
The areas impacted by the state of emergency include Churchill County, Douglas County, Elko County, Eureka County, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Humboldt County, Lincoln County, Lyon County, Storey County, and the Walker River Paiute Tribe. However, Washoe County is not included in the declaration at this time.
With projections estimating seven more weeks of potential flooding impacts, the emergency declaration allows the state, affected counties, and tribes to access federal assistance. This assistance will aid in protecting citizens, repairing damages, and implementing mitigation measures to prevent further flooding.
Governor Lombardo emphasized the importance of following local guidance, remaining alert, and proactively planning transportation routes. The situation calls for residents to stay informed, exercise caution, and cooperate with authorities during this challenging period.
As the situation continues to develop, additional counties may be included in the emergency declaration in the coming days.
Source: Governor’s office
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