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Flooding concerns ahead for the Truckee & Carson Rivers due to atmospheric river forecast

Truckee River downtown Reno

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A very warm and wet Atmospheric River will bring multiple days of gusty winds and heavy rain to the Sierra and Western Nevada beginning on Friday April 6, and continuing through Saturday April 7.

Flooding is expected along streams, creeks, and poor drainage areas -- with moderate rises on all area rivers and some flooding possible along the Truckee River & Carson Rivers by Saturday. The worst impacts will be along Hwy 89 from Squaw to Truckee. The river is expected to rise above flood action stage in downtown Reno, but crest right near minor stage; some minor flooding is possible near Wingfield Park. Minor to Moderate flooding is possible for the Sparks industrial area.

The Carson River will see minor to moderate rises as well; but impacts will be the worst in Alpine County versus Carson City, where it will mainly touch flood stage, allowing lowland flooding along the banks to be possible.

River Forecasts - Updated: 4/6/18 at 9:30 am:

Truckee River - Truckee, CA

  • Latest measurement: 4.1'
  • Moderate to Major Flooding expected early Saturday morning
  • Expected to crest at 6.6’ Saturday midday
  • At 6.5' major flooding possible along Truckee River between Squaw Creek and Truckee
  • At 6.5' some private bridges and low-lying structures along the river will flood

Truckee River - Reno, NV

  • Latest measurement: 8.4'
  • Near Minor Flood Stage by late Saturday morning
  • Expected to crest at 11' by Saturday afternoon
  • At 11 ' the river will be near bankfull from Mogul to Highway 395...including downtown Reno
  • At 11 ' some minor flooding of lowlands...parks and trails along river is possible
  • At 11' downtown Reno Wingfield Park begins to flood

Truckee River - Sparks, NV (Vista)

  • Latest measurement: 10.7'
  • Minor Flooding expected by Saturday morning
  • Expected to crest at 17.7’ by Saturday night
  • At 17.5' minor lowland flooding from US Highway 395 in Reno to Nixon, including Truckee Meadows, Sparks, Lockwood, Tracy, and Wadsworth
  • At 17.5' the River begins to go well out of banks below US Highway 395, many areas flooded between Greg and Mill Streets between US Highway 395 and McCarran
  • At 17.5' the Reno Hilton RV Park is flooded
  • At 17.5' East of McCarran, much of University Farms area flooded, with Sparks industrial area south of Greg Street flooded up to 2 feet deep

Carson River - Carson City, NV

  • Latest measurement: 4.1'
  • Will rise above Flood Action stage by Saturday night
  • Expected to crest at 9.5' by Sunday afternoon
  • At 9' minor lowland flooding is possible through reach in lower flood prone areas

West Fork of the Carson River - Woodfords, CA

  • Latest measurement: 12'
  • Minor flooding expected by Saturday morning
  • Expected to crest at 14.4’ by Saturday midday
  • At 14.' minor flooding begins in the southwestern Carson Valley between Centerville and Genoa, NV

East Fork of the Carson River - Markleeville, CA

  • Latest measurement: 4.5'
  • Minor flooding expect by Saturday afternoon
  • Expected to crest at 8.2' by Saturday evening
  • At 8' minor lowland flooding in Carson Valley
  • At 8' some low roads, bridges, drainage structures sustain minor damage
  • At 8' Cottonwood Slough begins to flood Lampe Park
  • At 8' Flood prone areas include Washoe Indian Reservation, Carson Valley Country Club, Glenwood Dr, Riverview Dr, Centerville Rd, NV Hwy 88, Westwood Village, Rocky Slough, Waterloo Ln, and Mottsville Ln

Reno sandbag locations:

  • Public Works Corporation Yard at 1640 E Commercial Row. Monday - Friday 7 AM to 4 PM
  • Old Moana Swimming Pool location at 240 W. Moana Lane - Open 24 Hours
  • Mira Loma Park, near the Gazebo, at 2850 S. McCarran Blvd. Open 24 hours
  • Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at Idlewild Park at 2055 Idlewild Drive - Open 24 Hours
  • Near the intersection of Moya Blvd and Resource Drive - Open 24 Hours

Bring your own shovels. There are stacks of empty bags and piles of sand in each location.

The city has limited quantities of pre-filled bags for those with disabilities at the Corporation Yard location.

Washoe County sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #223, 130 Nectar St., Lemmon Valley
  • Lemmon Drive and Pompe Way intersection, Lemmon Valley
  • Blue Heron Circle and Warrior Lane intersection, Belli Ranch
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30, 3905 Old Hwy 395, Washoe Valley
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #16, 1240 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley
  • Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno
  • Highland Ranch Parkway, one mile west of Pyramid Hwy, Sparks
  • Andrew Lane and Paddlewheel Lane intersection, Pleasant Valley

To report non-emergencies throughout Washoe County, call 311.

Truckee sandbag locations:

  • Fire State 92 - 11473 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
  • U.S. Forest Service Parking Lot - 10811 Stockrest Springs Lane, Truckee


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