Wilson Canyon in Lyon County Is Anticipated to Be Blocked for Months as Result of Large Landslide
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 13, 2023 10:03 am
RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of state highway along the West Walker River in western Nevada is anticipated to be blocked for months after a massive landslide prompted by heavy rain blanketed the route southwest of Yerington with mud and debris.
Officials with the Nevada Department of Transportation said the rock and mudslide on Highway 208 in the Wilson Canyon between Yerington and Smith Valley happened Tuesday night after the greatest rain in more than 100 years.
The highway is littered with debris for around 400 feet (122 meters).
“This is essentially an entire face of the roadside cliff that has come down, with not just boulders but earth as well,” NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said.