County declares State of Emergency as more flooding remains possible

Water runs flows down Sage Dr. in Fernley. (Photos courtesy of Lyon County)

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

With localized flooding already impacting various areas of Lyon County, another atmospheric river forecast to arrive Monday night has crews bracing for more.

The Lyon County Commission declared a county-level state of emergency on Friday and Governor Joe Lombardo declared a state declaration of emergency. An Emergency Declaration gives governments the flexibility to quickly request resources necessary to respond to protect the health and safety of residents.

Lyon is advising community members to assess their individual situations and gather necessary supplies and essentials when safe to do so.


The County set up an emergency operations center, which it closed Sunday but will reopen Tuesday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The call center phone number is (775) 461-3757. In an emergency, call 911.

The County has also made its Code Red notification available on cell phones. You can now register through a link via text message. Text LCALERTS to 99411 and you will receive the link to register.

Smith Valley has been affected by flooding, particularly in the area of State Route 208 and Day Lane. Other localized flooding has been reported in various areas of Dayton and in the Sage Dr. area of Fernley, where Mayor Neal McIntyre said flooding exposed a sewer line.

Flooding on State Route 208 in Smith Valley.

Mason Pass and Artesia Roads between Yerington and Smith Valley remain closed indefinitely, as well as Carter Lane in Smith Valley

The National Weather Service also issued a moderate flood warning for the Walker River at Snyder Lane near Mason.

Sandbag locations have been restocked throughout the county, and are available at:

Mound House Fire Station – 56 Red Rock Rd., Mound House, NV 89706

Silver City Community Center – 385 High St., Silver City, NV 89428

Fire Station #39 – 460 Dayton Valley Rd., Dayton, NV 89403

Fire Station #35 – 231 Corral Dr., Dayton, NV 89403

Stagecoach Community Center – 8105 US-50, Stagecoach, NV 89429

Silver Springs JPO Office – 1075 Pyramid Ave., Silver Springs, NV 89429

Mason Town Hall building – 55 Bridge Street, Mason, NV 89447

Dressler Park Community Arena – 2715 Hwy 208, Wellington, NV 89444

Lyon County Roads Yard – 18 Hwy 95A North, Yerington, NV 89447

City of Yerington Public Works Yard – 215 Towbridge Rd, Yerington, NV 89447 (behind Raleys

City of Fernley Out of Town Park, Farm District Road and Highway 95A, Fernley, NV 89408 (East end of Rodeo Grounds)

Smith Valley – 2308 NV-208, Smith, NV 89430

The CodeRED system is an emergency notification service by which the Sheriff’s Office can notify residents and businesses by telephone or cellular phone of developing emergency situations. The system is capable of sending messages to either specific streets, neighborhoods or the entire community.

When the system was implemented, it was programmed to call landline phones but residents can register to have their cellphones called by going to the following link:

A CodeRED message will have a caller ID 866-419-5000. The Sheriff’s Office suggest you program this number in your cell phone as a “new contact” and use “CodeRED” as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification message, simply dial this number and you will be able to hear the message again. A message will usually begin, “This is the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message regarding…”

If your phone line is busy, the system will try two more times to connect. If your line is busy for an extended period and your calls do not forward to voice mail or an answering machine, after three tries, the system will stop calling your number.

There is also a Code Red app you can download to your phone. It will notify you of notifications in your area, as well as you will be able to see all active notifications nationwide.

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