RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of a project aimed at reducing the threat of flooding in the Sparks industrial area on Tuesday. The first phase of the project is expected to take about a year to complete and comes with a $9.1 million price tag.
City officials say storm water has a tendency to travel as from far north as Spanish Springs Valley and will flow to the North Truckee Drain. Therefore, creating a major threat of flooding for the surrounding area whenever there is substantial storm event.
City of Sparks councilman Ron Smith says the commencing of the first phase is a big step in the right direction and a step closer to the city's goal to keep their promise to protect the people of Sparks. The industrial area that is typically impacted is about 2,100 acres and Smith says about 25,000 people work in the businesses. When the area floods Smith says, it impacts employers, employees, and the local economy.
Phase one of three of North Truckee Drain Realignment Project has begun near the area of Larkin Circle in Sparks. The project will begin on the west side of Greg St. and end at Larkin Circle. The dates to begin phase two and three of the project have not yet been set according to Smith.
Smith says he's also pleased a local company, Q&D Construction, has been contracted for the project, because it keeps the work local.
City officials say project the entire project will take about five years to complete and they estimate the total cost to relocate the North Truckee Drain will be about $35 million.