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Mayor of Sparks Says City Prepared For Major Flood

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Obviously, Wednesday's rain is nothing compared to last week's system.

Fortunately, that series of storms blew threw without any flooding, even in the areas of biggest concern, like the industrial area of Sparks.

I sat down with Mayor of Sparks Geno Martini and asked him what they can do to get that area prepared for a flood.

"The only thing that can be done is flood walls and flood levees to make the water go to the south. That's why we bought a lot of land over there in that particular area, so we can do some leveeing so the water will flow naturally toward the south end toward Mill Street. We bought a bunch of buildings we demolished so they're out of the flood plain."

Mayor Martini said the recession pushed them back a few years in being able to acquire the funding needed to do some things that would prevent flooding.

He said citizens of Sparks already pay some fees that go toward flood prevention projects. The mayor also says they have lost about one-third of their staffing needed for emergency situations, like we saw last weekend. With all that being said, where is Sparks when it comes to flood preparation? I asked Mayor Martini if Sparks is ready to take on a major flood.

"I believe we are as much prepared as we can be. There are a few things we can do the next couple years. We've got a project called the North Truckee Drain, which we want to get started on the beginning of next year, which will alleviate about a foot to foot and a half of flooding in these areas. That's quite a bit, so those are the things we're going to do."

To watch the entire interview, tune into Face the State this weekend. It airs Saturday at 4:30am and 4pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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