ELKO — Due to increasing temperatures, there have been reports of flooding on Last Chance Road and on Coal Mine Canyon Road in Ryndon.
Undersheriff Clair Morris told the Free Press sandbags have been ordered to help with the road conditions.
He said the flooding started in low-lying areas. However, more sandbags are being ordered, especially to help with the runoff when snow in Lamoille Canyon begins to melt.
“Lamoille floods on a dry year,” he said.
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory until 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Very warm temperatures are causing the snow to melt into rivers, streams and low-lying areas in Northern Nevada, the weather service stated.
The situation is not life-threatening and residents are being asked to turn around if they encounter a flooded or closed road.
“Only about a foot of water can move your car downstream,” stated the advisory, explaining residents can get stuck in both the water and the mud.
At this time flooding seems to be occurring along the Owyhee River around Mountain City, Martin Creek in Paradise Valley, and Last Chance Road.
The weather service said low spots, gravel and dirt will be the worst areas affected.
Some locations to experience flooding include Elko, Winnemucca, West Wendover, Carlin, Wells, Kings River Valley, Currie, Valmy, Montello, Pequop Summit, Charleston, Denio, Gibbs Ranch, Jackpot, Jarbidge, Ryndon, Spring Creek, Lee, Ruby Valley and Midas.
Capt. Brian Hoehne of the Elko County Fire Protection District said the minor flooding is expected to worsen given the weather service’s flood watch and the expected increase in temperatures.
The sheriff’s office is in charge of the county’s emergency management. The fire protection district is providing support.