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SouthEast Connector Project Withstands Severe Weekend Storm

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As a result of the storm on Saturday and Sunday, several areas around Reno experienced flooding.

One of the locations was Mira Loma Dr., where the SouthEast Connector is being built.

Joe Harrington, the Public Information Officer with RTC says because the project is located within a flood plain, flooding was eventually expected. He says the project isn't designed to prevent flooding from occurring, but there are measures in place to manage flood waters in a smart way.

It's a preliminary assessment but it looks like those measures were very successful, you'll see some berms out there that are actually designed to make sure that water pools into specific locations so that there isn't the spread of materials around the site when a flood does occur," says Harrington.

Harrington says it doesn't appear any fuel from machinery or waste from portable toilets escaped into the flooded water. He says because the water is located in a flood plain, the water will naturally drain, so there will be no additional clean up efforts to remove excess water.

However, the city of Reno will be conducting separate cleanup efforts to prepare for the next big storm

Marnell Heinz, the operations manager with the Reno Public Works says crews will remove debris from storm drain grades in town to better prevent flooding during the next storm.

“This is common, normally when we get precipitation exceeding half an inch or greater you see especially this time of the year, you see a lot of the debris flowing down the system and clogging the bar grades and things like that so it's a normal process," says Heinz.

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