Minden residents restoring property after flash floods

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Updated: 7/21/2014 9:33 pm
MINDEN, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Susan Bernard and her husband were inside their Minden home on Sunday, when they heard lightning strike and looked outside.

"Just a wall of water coming," said Bernard.

The three-hour flooding blew through the backyard fence and ruined hay inside the barn. "That hay means a lot to us," said Bernard. "It is very expensive; we do stock our barn with the hay for the summer and winter."

The Bernard’s make a living selling their hay and farm animals. Some of the hay is un-usable now, and a lamb is dead while the yard the animals feed off of no longer exists.

The Bernard’s have flood insurance, but just found out it only covers damage to their home and not the yard, animals, barn or hay.

Up the street, the Olson family home and yard is under 3-6 feet of mud. "There was no stopping it," said Deb Olson. "We were watching our yard go away."

The pool is buried and the garage is stuffed. The Olson’s do not have flood insurance and are hoping for the best.

"We were never told that we had to have flood insurance, because we are not in a flood zone," said Olson. "Clearly this doesn’t look like a flood, this looks like a mudslide."
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