Flood Safety Information

This page has the most current information for residents. It will be modified and updated if and when additional information is provided or conditions change.  

Click here for North Valleys Flood Update 3-24-2017

Click here for North Valleys Flood Update 3-23-2017

General information regarding Health and Safety during a flood event can be found here:  Washoe County Health District (WCHD) Flood Guidance - March 2017

For up-to-date information regarding the flooding event, please follow WCHD-EHS on facebook (@WCHDEHS) and twitter (@WashoeEHS).



As the flood waters recede and streets are more accessible, normal garbage pick-up will return to the area. There may be some specific locations that still cannot have service, but that will be limited and addressed on a case-by-case basis. WCHD, Washoe County and Waste Management will work on a coordinated approach to allow for normal curbside collection.


The public water supply to the affected flood region is safe. All persons who have a private domestic well should review the information below and assess the current condition and functionality of their well. If your well was submerged, or had standing flood water around the well casing for any length of time, it is recommended to have a licensed well driller evaluate the well cap and seal to ensure your water source is safe, properly flushed and disinfected prior to further use.

Disinfecting Domestic Wells with Shock Chlorination

Total Coliform Sampling Guidance

North Valleys Flood Guidance

Vector / Bugs

WCHD Vector staff has increased mosquito surveillance and monitoring surrounding Swan Lake in Lemon Valley. Additional surveillance and monitoring will continue as long as waters are present in the community.
As always, when in areas where mosquitos are present wear protective clothing and limit outdoor activity during early morning and evening times when mosquitos are most active.

Additional information regarding Washoe County's efforts during the 2017 flooding event can be found at https://www.washoecounty.us/emergency_alerts/weather-advisory.php

For questions and concerns not answered above, please contact WCHD-EHS at (775) 328-2434 (Option #4) or HealthEHS@washoecounty.us.

Last modified on 03/30/2017