FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — Water was receding Monday following the icy flood that poured into town from a rupture in an irrigation canal during a huge storm that pounded the West, but it was still a foot deep in some homes.

Some residents had been allowed to return, but others were being urged to wait until all the water was out of their homes, Mayor Todd Cutler said.

The cause of the canal failure in the northern Nevada desert town had not been determined, but it followed heavy rain from the 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 three deaths were blamed on the wet, stormy weather, and three people were still missing in snow-covered mountains in Colorado and California.