Washoe County providing potable water to Lemmon Valley residents
Also, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office warns of scammers in flooded areas.

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Joshua Andreasen

sandbag crews helping residents in Lemmon ValleyReno, Nevada. March 11, 2017. The Washoe County Health District has worked with the Incident Management Team and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to provide a safe potable water filling location for the residents in Lemmon Valley.

The station is located on Lemmon Drive between Pompe Way and Dillon Way. Potable water filling stations, handwashing stations, showers and toilets are available. The potable water filling stations are capable of filling large containers.

Portable showers have been installed at Lemmon Drive and Pompe. They are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

The Health District also has free water test kits available for residents with private wells. Pick them up at Ranchers Feed and Supply on 60 E. Surge St. Results will be available within 2-3 days.

The Health District is reminding people that the Truckee Meadows Water Authority water system in Lemmon Valley has not been compromised. Testing is for well water only.

Nevada Task Force 1 arrives in Lemmon Valley

Nevada Task Force 1, an urban search-and-rescue team, has been deployed from Las Vegas to northern Nevada to help assess damage from recent flooding caused by warm weather and rapid snowmelt. The task force includes 33 firefighters, a structural engineer, a communications specialist and a medical doctor. The team has been deployed for events Hurricane Katrina, World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Beware of scammers

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to be cautious with door-to-door solicitors, specifically contractors seeking payment to fix issues related to flooding. Suspects can appear friendly, but can use high-pressure or scare tactics. They also demand payments in cash, are reluctant to provide a written contract, and increase the price after the project is under way or completed.

Call the Sheriff’s Office at 328-3001 if concerned. See tips on their website.

Sandbag instructions

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has offered instructions on how to most efficiently fill and place sandbags. That can be found here.

  • When filling sandbags, make sure to be patient.
  • Grab a partner to help fill and place sandbags.
  • Fill bags one-half to two-thirds full.
  • Use gloves.
  • Wear safety goggles.
  • Remove debris.
  • Compact each bag by walking on it.

Watch a video on how to sandbag and why it's important.


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