Flood Awareness Week: Emergency responders urge people to be prepared

Water floods streets in Algoma, July 11, 2016. (Photo submitted by Lisa Matzke)

Douglas County Officials are holding a community meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, to raise awareness about preparing for floods and provide tips on how to avoid common mistakes.

The event is in conjunction with Nevada Flood Awareness Week, which is Nov. 13-19.

Douglas County staff, East Fork Fire Protection District, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of Water Resources, Army Corps of Engineers, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, FEMA National Flood Insurance Program, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the National Weather Service will be on site and available to answer a variety of flood-related questions.

"We want to encourage residents to come learn about the preliminary changes in the proposed FEMA floodplain maps of the Carson Valley that may affect their property, and talk with the organizations who can provide them with available resources and answers to their questions," said Douglas County Stormwater Program Manager Courtney Walker.

Walker says a common mistake people make is assuming their homeowners insurance covers flood damage. In many cases it does not, and people have to take out a separate flood insurance policy.

She also says people often underestimate the damage a flood can cause and the danger it can pose.

The meeting goes from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

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