Floods and Flooding

Snow returns to Sierra; melting may fuel future NV floods

As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada.

After a winter that saw more than double the normal snowfall in some parts of the Sierra and nearly three times what the region received last year, the people who control water releases say the threat of flooding could extend into July.

"There is so much water in abundance this season, there's nothing we can do with it all," said Rusty Jardine, district manager for the Truckee Carson Irrigation District that depends on the snowmelt to provide...