The Latest: Flood warning for Walker River in western Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on flood warnings and advisories in Nevada due to accelerated snow melt in the mountains (all times local):
The accelerated snow melt in the mountains has triggered flood warnings for several streams and rivers in northern Nevada, from the Walker River along the Sierra’s eastern front to Lamoille Creek in Elko County.
The National Weather Service issued the warning Wednesday afternoon for the Walker River through the Mason Valley to the Weber Reservoir 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Fallon. It includes the Yerington area.
The service says Walker River flows will approach the moderate flood stage late this week into the weekend and should remain near or above flood stage the rest of the month and possibly into early July.
A small stream flood advisory remains in effect until about noon Saturday for California’s Mono County as well as Douglas and southern Lyon counties in western Nevada.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in parts of northeast Nevada’s Elko County through 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The service says Lamoille Creek was beginning to rise Wednesday afternoon south of Elko due to accelerated snow melt in the mountains.
It says the creek should reach flood stage Wednesday night and continue to flow close to flood stage most of Thursday with some minor flooding expected.
The Nevada Department of Transportation says it’s also keeping a close eye on the Humboldt River in north-central Nevada and may have to temporarily close State Route 795 in Winnemucca.
The mile-long route connects U.S. Highway 95 with State Route 289 in northeastern Winnemucca and destinations east of U.S. Interstate 80. But alternate routes are available in the area.