Police ask Elko residents to voluntarily leave homes during flood

Posted at 2:09 PM, Feb 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-11 19:06:33-05

ELKO — Residents are asked to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas along the Humboldt River Saturday.

Police are going house-to-house to warn residents, but according to police, this is a voluntary evacuation. Any residents who choose to leave their homes, police said, will have accommodations in the Elko High School gymnasium.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency Friday for Elko County in response to flooding in the area.

The American Red Cross’ Salt Lake City team is assisting residents in West Wendover and in Elko. The group is sending additional supplies to a shelter in Elko that is expected to host 100 residents Saturday night.

Police said power in infected areas will be shut off due to the running water.

Check Fox 13 for updates.