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Many Minden Residents Doing Major Cleanup After Weekend Flooding

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Residents in Minden are still cleaning up after a summer storm flooded more than a hundred homes, and brought mudslides with it. They spent the last 24 hours trying to clean up the damage this storm left out and inside their homes.


From places like the Springs community to Mac Drive, many were shocked at how intense this weekend storm was.


"It's really, actually kind of amazing that dirt is that powerful," said 9-year old Faith Marshall. "I mean, I never knew mud could be that powerful."


It put them on their heels as the water and mud flowed into their neighborhoods.


"This enormous, giant wall of water was just coming our way," said Deb Olson, who lives near Stephanie Way.


"Once the hard rains hit, we probably had four inches of rain in 45 minutes," said Clyde Herring, the President of the Springs Homeowners Association.


He says the damage to some homes in the area range between $20,000 to $30,000.


We also talked to John Couburn, a water resource specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. He told us flash floods like this are unpredictable because they're coming from the bottom of mountain canyons.


"They usually come suddenly," he said. "They usually carry a lot of water at pretty fast velocities because it's still fairly steep terrain here."


Lisa Broussard has been cleaning for hours after her home was hit by mudslides. Her backyard had a few feet of mud and water. The pressure of the flooding knocked down her fencing. She was also trying to stop the flood from going into her home.


"We pulled every comforter, every towel that we have and tried to stop it from getting into the carpet in the living room," she said.


It was the same story several miles south at Olson's home. There were six feet of mud in some spots, and her pool was covered with it.


In disasters like this, however, we saw people coming together. Olson says many people have come into the neighborhood to help take out all the mud.


"Random strangers coming by, bringing shovels."


More Information:

http://nevadafloods.org/

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