The devastating flood of 1997 took it's toll not only on the City of Sparks, but our entire region. Where were you in `97 when the flood waters overflowed the banks of the Truckee River? A flood of that magnitude or worse is bound to happen again. It's just a matter of time. Will we be prepared?
As Chairman of the Regional Flood Committee, Ron Smith is working with our Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. as well as locally to protect citizens and businesses in the future. Says Ron, "This is a 425 million dollar project. That means over ten thousand local jobs. The City of Sparks has a pro-active government. Fortunately, we are getting better at flood prevention.
If the region has another flood like the one in 1997, businesses in the Sparks Indusrial Center will be affected by a billion dollars. And you can be sure they will not come back. Citizens of Sparks stepped up to the plate and paid $5.41 a month eight years ago. 75 million in local funds has already been spent downstream for acquiring land, buildings and restoration projects. There are many elements to the Flood Project and we're working as quickly as we can to get them all completed."