Residents in Northern Nevada urged to prepare for coming storm, wind

Cities and counties in Northern Nevada are advising residents to prepare for an incoming storm that could bring heavy rainfall and high winds this week.

According to the city of Reno, a flood watch is in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, until 4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Residents in flood-prone areas, including urban areas and along creeks and streams, are advised to be on high alert.

A high wind warning is also in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to midnight on Friday. The public is warned that the chances of power outages and property damage will increase.

The Truckee River reached minor flood stage near Truckee, California, and could reach moderate flood stage, according to forecasters.

The city will have sandbag locations available at the Public Works Corporation yard on Commercial Row, Old Moana Swimming Pool and the Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at Idlewild Park. You can call 334-4636 during normal business hours for updates.

Washoe County officials are advising residents to have emergency kits ready, including flashlights, food, water and first aid kits. The county is also operating several sandbag locations that can be found here.

Residents of unincorporated Washoe County who experience flooding are asked to call 328-2180.

The city of Sparks also has asked residents and businesses to keep flood mitigation measures in place, including sandbags. A city spokesman warned that the Truckee River would reach flood stage in the industrial area at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The area is defined as south of Interstate 80, north of the Truckee River, between Vista Boulevard to the east and U.S. 395 to the west. The spokesman said projections predict flooding from the evening into Friday afternoon.

As of Friday morning, several roadways in Sparks are closed as flood waters rise, including E. Greg St. between Sparks and I-80; Greg St. between S. Stanford and Industrial Way; all of Coney Island Dr.; and Kleppe Ln. east of Franklin Way.

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

Major street flooding in Sparks can be reported to police dispatchers at 353-2231.

In Carson City, sections of Curry Street, Musser Street and Center Drive are closed. Residents are asked to visit for updates on sandbag locations and road closures.

A statement from Carson City on Thursday says a flood hotline has been established for non-emergency calls at 887-2355, and it will be staffed all night and all day Friday.

Douglas County is advising residents to expect intermittent road closures due to weather. Residents can report flooding at 783-6482 and get sandbags at locations listed here.

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