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What to do before and during floods

Posted 7/8/2015

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension recommends Nevadans go to www.NevadaFloods.org

With our recent heavy rains and floods, Nevadans can go to www.NevadaFloods.org to find information on what areas are most at risk, how to be prepared for floods, what to do and what not to do during a flood, and more.

"We want to make sure residents know their vulnerability to flood hazards and that they prepare for and reduce the risk associated with flooding," said John Cobourn, water resources specialist at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

The website and information is a collaborative effort of a group called the Nevada Flood Awareness Committee, led by the

  • Nevada Division of Water Resources, Floodplain Management Program,
  • Nevada Division of Emergency Management, and
  • University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

"Historically, Nevada’s northern rivers flood about every 10 to 15 years, usually in winter. Recently, we have been reminded that flash flooding can occur at any time on small streams and washes, most often in summer. Knowing what to do before, during and after a flood can save lives, protect pets and help minimize property damage," said Rob Palmer, Nevada’s floodplain manager.

Media seeking an expert to interview on floods, or on floodplain and watershed management, can contact Cobourn at 775-784-4848 or cobournj@unce.unr.edu.

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