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READY Mono Situation Report: Winter Weather Update (03/22/23)

Incident: Winter Weather Update
March 22-23, 2023
Published: March 22; 4:30 p.m.

Weather: No active hazardous weather conditions issued. While temperatures are well below normal for this time of year, there are no major weather events expected over the next several days. The next storm system is expected to arrive Tuesday (03/28).

Recovery Activity: Progress is being made on snow and debris removal priorities with heavy equipment and dump trucks. Crews continue to repair erosion on roadways to limit future damage. Resource response times continue to be delayed due to road conditions. Crews are actively removing snow and debris from critical infrastructure. Significant structural damage is continuing to occur. Structural engineers and Urban Search & Rescue team assessments are ongoing. Damaged infrastructure and private property are being shored and stabilized. Limited medical transportation resources due to isolated location.

Winter Storm Damage Survey (Mono County): The Mono County Office of Emergency
Management (OEM) has developed a survey to collect information from property owners and businesses who have experienced damage to their property/properties as a result of the recent series of storms.

The collected data will be used to estimate total damages countywide and determine if enough damage occurred to qualify the region for disaster assistance, such as low interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for those who are uninsured or underinsured. Completing the form does not guarantee the region or the property owner will be eligible to receive disaster assistance.


Extreme Snow Load Advisory – CLEAR YOUR ROOF: The Town of Mammoth Lakes issued an Evacuation Warning on March 16, 2023 for snow damaged properties that pose a potential threat to life and property. Several structures throughout the Town of Mammoth Lakes have collapsed or experienced significant structural damage. If you have not shoveled your roof – do so now! The threat to public safety is extremely high.

To report structural damage or to assist in determining whether your property is safe, please call (760) 965-3629 to talk to Town staff or complete the Winter Storm Damage Assessment Form that will assess your property for risk.


Snow Removal Emergency Fund: Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and Alterra Mountain Company Community Foundation have established an emergency fund to assist Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Crowley Lake residents and businesses with emergency snow removal needs during our recently declared state of emergency. Their goal is to assist financially and with coordination of contractors/snow removers for instances of immediate need for impending damage or danger due to heavy snow loads.

Funds are limited and will be directed based on hardship, urgency and need. This fund will only go towards full-time resident occupied homes or full-time businesses. Residents/Business located in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Crowley Lake communities are eligible to apply.


Avalanche Situation: Mono Lake Avalanche Area Extremely Dangerous; Public Urged to Avoid Skiing the Area. Countywide avalanche danger will once again rise with incoming forecasted winter storms.

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center:

Sandbags Stationed in Each Community: Mono County and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have staged sandbags in each community for residents to use during the storm. Details on sandbag location information and maps for the staging areas are available here and on the READY Mono portal.

Temporary Emergency Shelter (Mammoth Lakes): A temporary emergency shelter has been set up in the gymnasium of Mammoth Middle School (1600 Meridian Blvd.) in Mammoth Lakes. The shelter is available for individuals impacted by the current storm system.

Reduced Rates for Evacuees at The Carson Valley Inn: The Carson Valley Inn will be honoring a rate of $89 plus tax in the main hotel until March 31st for anyone displaced or without power (subject to availability). No pets. Call (800) 321-6983 for reservations.

Complimentary Lodging for Displaced Families at the Virginia Creek Settlement: The Virginia Creek Settlement will be providing complimentary lodging for anyone displaced or without power (subject to availability). Pets allowed. Call (760) 932-7780 for reservations.

Town of Mammoth Lakes: The Town of Mammoth Lakes has issued an Evacuation Warning for snow damaged properties that pose a potential threat to life and property.

All projected road work is weather-dependent and equipment dependent. Mono County now has over 100 pieces of heavy equipment and operators working throughout the county. This does not include the work and equipment in Mammoth Lakes, Caltrans’ work and equipment on U.S. 395 and S.R. 203, or SCE’s work on their routes. Mono County maintains 600 miles of road.

Emergency crews have made great progress clearing U.S. 395 between Lee Vining and State Route 167. Caltrans District 9 conducted avalanche mitigation today and will do another round tomorrow as we work toward a reopening of the highway.

Due to pavement and shoulder damage caused by recent storms, Caltrans will begin emergency repair work on three state highways in Inyo and Mono counties on Thursday, March 23:

• State Route 168 W between Starlight Drive and Aspendell
• U.S. Highway 6 between Chalfant and the town of Benton
• State Route 120 W between Benton Crossing Road and the junction with U.S. Highway 6

Granite Construction has been awarded the approximately $800,000 emergency contract scheduled for 15 working days. On U.S. Highway 6 crews will perform earthwork to fill in shoulders due to floodwater damage. On SR 168W and SR 120W crews will repair undercut and damaged pavement. Crews will clear flood debris from culverts in all three locations. Work is scheduled for Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control on all three roads for the duration of the repairs and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

U.S. 395 at Topaz is limited to one-way with traffic controls.

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READY Mono Portal:
Mono County Facebook:
Town of Mammoth Lakes:
National Weather Service – Reno:
CHP Activity – Mono/Inyo Counties:
Caltrans – Road Information:
Mono County – Road Information:
NDOT – Road Information:
Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center:
Mono County Webcams:

(From READY Mono)

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