Frigid water recedes between Nevada storms


More residents who fled nearly 300 homes flooded when a canal's earthen bank collapsed hoped to return today, but they faced the damage caused by the wave of frigid water that surged through the town and then froze.

Some residents were permitted to return Sunday, and authorities hoped more could come back as water recedes in this northern Nevada desert town hard-hit by the West Coast storm system that piled up as much as 11 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada range and toppled nearly 500 miles of power lines in California.

At least 11 deaths were linked to the wet, stormy weather &

eight in a Utah bus wreck &

and three people were still missing in snow-covered mountains. Six lost snowmobilers were found alive today in Colorado in an area that had gotten 4 feet of snow.

Water had filled Fernley residential areas as much as 8 feet deep before freezing during the weekend.

"We don't know what we're going to do next," said Silvia Cansdales, a 32-year-old mother of three whose family &

like most in town &

didn't have flood insurance. "I don't even want to think about what we're going to return to."

Despite the ice, the water was receding today but many homes still had water at least 2 feet deep.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., planned to tour the area by helicopter today with federal and state aid officials.

Light snow was falling this morning in parts of the Sierra Nevada, but no storm warnings were in effect, the National Weather Service said.

Although some parts of California were getting a reprieve from the rain and snow today, in the mountains "there's a chance of snow and snow showers all the way through Thursday," weather service meteorologist Angus Barkhuff said.

A chartered bus with about 80 passengers rolled off a wet road in far southeastern Utah on Sunday, killing eight and injuring about 20 others, authorities said.

The storm death toll also included a woman who died when she and her boyfriend drove onto a flooded road in Chino, Calif., and a public worker killed by a falling branch north of Sacramento, Calif. One women was killed in Oregon by a falling tree.

Six snowmobilers missing since Friday in heavy snow in the mountains of southern Colorado were located alive Monday, the Conejos County sheriff's office said. They were two couples from Farmington, N.M., and their two children, ages 14 and 13, said Betty Groen, stepmother of one of the missing men.

The weather service said as much as 4 feet of snow had fallen in the area and searchers said visibility in the area was only — feet Sunday in blowing snow.

About 40 miles away, two skiers were missing in the World Creek ski area, said Donna Oney of the Colorado State Patrol. Wolf Creek had reported 39 inches of snow.

In the mountains east of Los Angeles, authorities searched for a 62-year-old man who went hiking Friday just before the storm began. The search was suspended late Sunday.

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