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Lemmon Drive closed to prevent flooding (updated)


UPDATE: The road reopened at 2 p.m.

Several road closures are in effect in areas of north Reno and Washoe County due to excessive rain in the region. Officials say the closures are only temporary.

Lemmon Drive is closed at Waterash Street to help clear water out of clogged culverts and ditches, and prevent houses in the area from flooding. Traffic is being rerouted to Tupelo Street, which runs parallel to Lemmon Drive, until later this afternoon.

“We have been working around the clock to clear debris in ditches and increase our pumping capacity, and closing the road to traffic will allow us to get ahead this morning,” Dylan Menes, senior engineer for Washoe County Community Services Department, said.

Washoe County crews are also closing a dirt portion of Winnemucca Ranch Road located about one mile past the end of the blacktop. That portion washed out in the rain.

Officials said the Fantail area of Cold Springs also has areas of pooling water, but no roads have yet been closed.

Clearing debris from ditches, culverts and storm drains near your home can help to prevent flooding during periods of intense rain. The county also recommends bringing in garbage cans and parking off-street when storms are forecasted. This allows snow removal equipment to move more easily through the community without damaging property.

Snow is expected to move into parts of the area later today, which may help slow down potential flooding.

Source: Washoe County

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