Preparing for flood conditions in northern Nevada

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Updated: 11/30/2012 7:26 pm
NORTHERN NEVADA (KRNV & -- A state of emergency has been declared in Washoe County due to flooding concerns.

The National Weather Service says there is major flooding expected for the Truckee River in Truckee and moderate flooding near Vista Boulevard in Sparks. Moderate flooding is in the forecast for Steamboat Creek, and minor flooding is also expected for downtown Reno.

The river level forecast for the Truckee River Vista Gauge in Sparks has been updated by the National Weather Service River Forecast Center, saying the Truckee River will hit flood stage at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, and peak at approximately 9:00 p.m. that evening. Flooding at the Vista Gauge is described by the National Weather Service as: 16.0 Feet flooding stage and 19.2 feet peak. Warmer forecast temperatures mean more rain runoff entering the river system at several locations.

To view the extents of the flood event and inundation flood map, please visit


The National Weather Service is expecting the precipitation to continue and intensify through Sunday at Northstar. Also, snow levels are expected to continue to rise to around 9,000 feet by Sunday afternoon.

Sand and Sandbags are available at the Northstar Community Services sand barn. You will need to call the Northstar Fire Department at (530) 562-1212 ext. 4 for assistance prior to going to the sand barn.

Some localized flooding should also be expected during this event. The Northstar Fire Department reminds drivers to reduce speeds and not to drive through flooded streets. Thanks for your cooperation during these extreme weather conditions.


With the upcoming storms and the potential impacts to the area, Storey County is continuing to monitor weather conditions, make advanced preparations and coordinate with area agencies. Storey County departments are working together to ensure we are prepared for the upcoming winds and heavy rain and/or snow with potential flooding.

With the potential for localized flooding, sandbags and sand will be available for the public at the following locations:
•400 Ave de la Colors- Lockwood
•Fire Station 73- 500 Sam Clemens- Mark Twain Estates
•Fire Station 72- 2610 Cartwright Road- Virginia City Highlands
Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill the sandbags.
Residents should consider the following preparedness measures which can assist emergency crews:
• Make a family disaster plan and emergency preparedness kit, allowing for self-sufficiency for up to three days.

• Limit outings to ones that are necessary. Non-essential errands or travels should be scheduled once the weather is better. Less traffic on the roadways makes it safer for everyone.

• Decrease driving speeds, keep a safe following distance, allow for extra travel time, and be cautious of roadways with snow drifts, ice, or standing water.

• Only use 911 for emergencies.

• Never drive or walk through areas with accumulated water. You often can't tell how deep it is until it is too late.

• Avoid any moving water. Swift moving water is very dangerous, even when shallow.

• Power outages may occur during periods of high wind and rain. Make sure that your home is prepared and that you have flashlights and candles readily available.

• Have an emergency "GO" kit with important items and warm clothing should you have to evacuate.

• Listen to radio and television news for up-to-date information.

Remember to visit or call our information hotline at 847-INFO (4636) for information related to flooding and Emergency Preparedness. Also visit Storey County on Facebook and Twitter.

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