Flooding shuts down roads in Sparks, Carson City; Douglas Co. declares state of emergency


The city of Sparks has warned residents that the Truckee River is expected to crest early Friday morning.

All roads in the Sparks industrial area that were closed Friday morning have since been reopened, according to city officials, though standing water remains on many roadways.

The only roadway that remains closed due to floodwaters is Deming Way between E. Glendale Avenue.

Sandbag locations will be in operation starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 855 Linda Way and on Larkin Circle in front of Pick-N-Pull.

Major street flooding in Sparks can be reported to police dispatchers at 353-2231. A flood preparedness hotline for general information is available at 353-5555.


In the city of Reno, forecasters say the Truckee River is cresting and at minor flood stage.

At 6 a.m. Friday morning, the city of Reno reopened Lake Street Bridge, which was closed Thursday night as a precautionary measure due to rising waters.

A spokeswoman for the city of Reno said crews are on standby and will monitor the situation. Sandbags are available at Old Moana Swimming Pool, the Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at Idlewild Park or the Public Works Corporation Yard.

In the north valleys, Washoe County at 9:30 a.m. Friday closed three roadways, including Idaho Street at Lemmon Drive, Palace Dr. between Lemmon Drive and Fremont Way, and Ames Lane at US-395.

In addition, multiple roadways have sitting water.


In Carson City, a number of roads are closed as water levels rise toward major flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service and Carson City officials, an error in water gauging equipment has been fixed and the Carson River is now anticipated to crest at 10 p.m. Friday.

The Carson River is expected to hit major flood stage at 4 p.m.

  • US 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge in Carson Valley is closed in both directions due to flooding
  • Curry Street is closed from Rhodes Street to the Shell Station, except to local business traffic.
  • A 100-foot section of Combs Canyon Road that is 1/8 of a mile south of the Lakeview Road intersection; travel is reduced to one lane (use caution and yield to oncoming traffic). Residents are advised to use the Highway 395 egress/ingress for the Lakeview subdivision.
  • Musser Street between Mountain Street and Iris Street is closed due to a fallen tree.
  • Center Drive between Clear Creek Avenue and Topsy Lane

According to a Carson City spokesperson, a flood hotline (775-887-2355) has been designated for flood-related reporting and questions, which are non-life threatening.


South of Carson City in Douglas County, the county board of commissioners late Friday morning declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

In addition, multiple roads off of US-395 have been shut down:

  • US 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge in Carson Valley is closed in both directions due to flooding
  • Genoa Lane between US-395 and Genoa is closed due to flooding
  • Muller Lane between US-395 and Foothill is closed due to downed power lines
  • Mottsville Lane is closed from Foothill Road to SR-88 in Douglas County due to flooding
  • Centerville Lane is closed from Foothill Road to SR-88 in Douglas County
  • Nye Road is closed due to flooding
  • Waterloo between SR-88 and Centerville is closed due to flooding

At 12:30 p.m. Friday, Kingsbury Grade reopened to traffic with restrictions.

Elko County

Governor Brian Sandoval verbally declared a State of Emergency for Elko County, effective immediately.

The Nevada National Guard will assist with emergency flood response throughout the county, including air support for residents in Montello, Nevada.

Prior to the main flood event, the Nevada Division of Forestry dispatched crews to support flood control efforts with crews remaining overnight in the counties of Washoe, Douglas and Elko. The Division’s crews will continue to be available as a local resource.

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