Flood disaster declared in Douglas County, USA
Another summer storm dumped heavy rain and golf-ball-sized hail along the Sierra’s eastern front on Wednesday, triggering a disaster declaration in Douglas County.
Thunderstorms sent water rushing down both sides of the northern Carson Valley about 2 p.m., forcing the closure of Stephanie Way, Johnson Lane and East Valley Road for nearly three hours.
Cars were stranded in running water in the Esaw area of Minden, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Douglas County commissioners said they were assessing damage to homes as they approved a disaster declaration to be sent to the state. Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said the declaration allowed the county to call in addition crews to help clear roads, remove debris and repair any infrastructure damaged in the floods.
Hail as large as a quarter was reported at the south end of Lake Tahoe, and as large as a nickel at Minden-Tahoe Airport, the National Weather Service said.
A wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the National Weather Service just before limbs as large as 6 inches in diameter were ripped off a tree near the downtown city bus terminal at 2:42 p.m., the service said.
Courtesy of rgj.com