Nevada governor declares state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Hilary

By Jen Krausz on
 August 21, 2023

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo (R) declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to Tropical Storm Hilary, which made landfall in the Baja, California and Mexico region and moved inland.

“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency due to the imminent impact of [Tropical Storm] Hilary across the state. My administration will continue to work diligently with state, federal, tribal, and local partners in preparation and response to this severe weather event,” Lombardo said in a statement. “[Tropical Storm] Hilary represents a serious threat to our communities, and once again, I implore all Nevadans to prepare for flooding, remain vigilant, and to follow all guidance from state and local emergency officials.”

Lombardo also decided to activate 100 National Guard troops to the southern part of the state over the weekend.

FEMA sent an Incident Management Team to help the area on Saturday as well.

Lombardo is worried that the amount of rain expected could cause rockslides and mudslides that could put people in danger and cause damage. Similar damage has already happened in California.

“As a result of the anticipated rainfall from [Tropical Storm] Hilary, flash flooding, rockslides, mudslides, and washouts are expected to cause significant damage to state infrastructure and public and private property,” Lombardo’s office wrote.