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Crews preparing Lemmon Valley, Swan Lake for winter weather


HESCO barriers in Lemmon Valley
HESCO® barriers in Lemmon Valley.

Washoe County plans to have work crews in the Lemmon Valley area around Swan Lake during the next few weeks conducting maintenance ahead of winter.

Tasks include the installation of a web camera for the public to monitor water levels in Swan Lake. The LakeCam contains a large sign marked with water levels. As precipitation falls, people can monitor it live. It will also have information on past lake levels and current barrier systems in place.

Crews are also scheduled to evaluate, maintain and reallocate portions of HESCO® barriers for future use in high-priority areas this winter. Some barriers are being repurposed and reinstalled to protect homes and roadways, according to Washoe County.

Additionally, the inflatable Tiger Dam at the northwest area of Swan Lake was recently winterized and new fencing is planned at the Lemmon Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Per Washoe County, the following steps have taken place or will occur as part of routine winter preparations and ongoing standard maintenance:

  • Washoe County brought in a HESCO barrier expert to review and comment on the condition of the barrier system. The initial report is that the barrier system is in “very good working condition,” and a written report is expected in the next few weeks.  County staff continues to make spot repairs when barriers are impacted by vehicles
  • A commercial diver is scheduled to inspect the culvert plugs monthly as part of routine winter preparations.
  • County staff has scheduled a winter preparation meeting with the pump contractor to discuss pumps and winterization processes.
  • County staff is coordinating with the city of Reno to close portions of Lemmon Drive for a day to install seepage pumps along the barrier system. Once a date has been determined, the community will be informed and signs placed to alert drivers.

For more information, contact Washoe311 by dialing 3-1-1, or call 775-328-2003.

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.