Many of the region’s most devastating floods occur during the winter months. The 1997 New Year’s Flood caused approximately $700 million in damages in Washoe County alone and more than $1 billion in damages across northern Nevada. Washoe, Carson, Douglas, Storey, and Lyon counties were declared federal disaster areas. Experts estimate that another similar flood could cause $2 billion in damages.

The Truckee River Flood Management Authority is part of an interagency campaign to raise public awareness of flooding in Nevada and to help businesses and residents better prepare for flood emergencies in order to create flood resilient communities.

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