State of emergency declared in Washoe County

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Updated: 11/30/2012 1:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Authorities in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have declared a state of emergency due to expected local flooding.

Emergency workers will remain on staff throughout the weekend, in addition to the National Weather Service to monitor potentially dangerous high winds on Saturday, and localized flooding on Sunday that could become serious in some areas. Residents of the Truckee Meadows are advised to take precautionary measures to deal with the expected weather.

Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have set up more than 40 sand bag locations where residents may fill and pick up sand bags to protect their property. Anyone in need of sand bags is advised to bring a shovel to one of those locations this weekend. Residents are also advised to ensure they have access to flashlights, food and water, medications, batteries, and other emergency supplies throughout the weekend in case of power outages.

For a complete list of sand bag locations, information about emergency kits, and links to related websites, please visit www.floodawareness.com. This website will be updated as necessary through the weekend as the situation develops.

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PennyB - 11/30/2012 3:02 PM
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During the flood of 1997 we had only canoe access for 3 weeks. I was given a copy of a letter Senater Reid sent to the Army Corp of Engineers ordering them to clear all debris, sand and gravel bars before the spring run off of 1998. It is now the end of 2012 and the gravel bar across from my house has grown from 5 feet wide and about 100 feet long to 20 feet wide and 300 feet long. Senater Reid doesn't respond to my questions to him about this, so I gave up on that about 10 years ago. We just have to get it thru out heads that homeowners are on our own when it comes to things like this.

Troy Shipley - 11/30/2012 2:39 PM
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During the last two floods, I noticed that a lot of the storm drains were filled up with leafs and debrie. There were several blocks that flooded because the water was backed up in the storm drains. Today I went and cleaned out the storm drains on my block. Shouldn't the city being this with advance notice on potential flooding? The area of town that I live in used to be mostly wetlands, where excess water would drain 20 years ago. Now that has all been developed into a warehouse district with no where for the excess water to go except into residential neighbor hoods.
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