Truckee River water levels drop across region; area roads reopen

Toll Road remains closed near SR-341 on Monday morning. (SBG)

Truckee River water levels in Reno have dropped below "Minor Flood Stage" as of 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9. The river has crested at Vista in Sparks.

The Carson River in Carson City has officially hit "Flood Action Stage" as of 10:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, it is expected to crest by midnight.

Here's a look at 24-hour rain totals as of Monday morning

  • Reno - 1.71"
  • Stead - 1.53"
  • Galena - 4.95"
  • Minden - 1.95"
  • South Lake Tahoe - 4.60"
  • Damonte Ranch - 3.00"
  • Cold Springs - 2.68"
  • Carson City - 2.78"
  • Susanville - 2.47"
  • Verdi - 6.27"
  • Donner Summit - 8.23"
  • Spanish Springs - 2.76"
  • Incline Village - 6.25"
  • Fernley - 1.60"
  • Tahoe City - 5.71"
  • Truckee - 5.51"
  • Heavenly Valley - 8.57"
  • Lee Vining - 3.92"

Residents were advised to evacuate from the neighborhoods around Quilici Street, Autumn Hills Drive and North Edison Way. Nearly 400 homes and nine commercial buildings have been voluntarily evacuated. Washoe County officials encourage evacuees to report to the shelter set up at Sparks High School.

The Autumn Hills Drive area is affected by a sewer lift station failure that has created a health hazard, according to Washoe County, and voluntary evacuations are in place in the area bound by Autumn Hills, Amston Road, Huffaker Lane and Offenhauser Drive.

Storey County management have issued a boil-water order for the next 48 hours in Lockwood as a result of a broken water line. About 40 homes in the Rainbow Bend subdivision and the Lockwood LCC are without water.

The Nevada National Guard is deploying two high water vehicles and moving two preliminary damage assessment teams to Sparks this afternoon to help Washoe County with flood support efforts. The Guard is also deploying a team of five high water vehicles to assist with potential evacuations and flood support in Lockwood. The Guard says it has additional personnel and resources available to assist as needed in Reno, Stead and Carson City.

Local flood reports

All city parks in Sparks along the Truckee River were closed during the duration of the flood.

Localized flooding was reported in the area of Springland Drive south of Shadow Lane, N. Truckee Lane and Spanish Springs Road to Howard Drive, all due to high flow in the North Truckee Drain.

Southbound Pyramid Highway was closed at Eagle Canyon in the Spanish Springs neighborhood for nearly 24 hours due to high flood waters.

Reno Fire Chief David Cochran said the Steamboat Ditch in Caughlin Ranch breached, causing the flooding on Bitteroot.

Many area roads were closed overnight due to standing water on the roadways, here are the roads that remain closed as of Monday morning:

  • Patriot at Longley Lane

-- In Storey County, roads are closed at Six Mile Canyon Road, Sam Clemens & Sutro Springs in Mark Twain and Canyon Way south of LCC, Lockwood. Bridge closures could come at Lockwood, Mustang and Painted Rock between 6 p.m. Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday, but they are not planned at this time, the county has announced.

As of Monday morning, Six Mile Canyon is damaged and closed. Cercle De La Cerese in Lockwood is also damaged and closed.

USA Parkway is closed at Electric Avenue and Denmark Drive due to gravel on the road. Detour routes are available for TRI access.

State Route 342 is closed for Virginia City and Gold Hill due to flooding at the "Y" in Silver City, according to Storey County.

Exit 22 (Lockwood & Canyon Way) on I-80 is closed. All Mark Twain roads are closed. Only local residents are being allowed through, and sheriff's deputies are enforcing the closures.

Closures are also in place for Lousetown Road one-fourth mile south of Virginia City Highlands Fire Station and Territory Road, Mark Twain, due to fast-moving water.

-- In Carson City, Morgan Mill Road is closed. Carson Street southbound between Winnie Lane and William Street is closed due to water on the road.

Current incident information is available at

-- In Lyon County, road closures are reported at Kiowla and Seminole, Pueblo and Esmerelda in Stagecoach; Dayton Toll Road, Branstetter, Ricci Road, Rosepeak Road, Rivers Road, Lower Portion of Sandifer

-- In Douglas County, road closures are reported at Nye Lane, Centerville between Highway 88 and Foothill, Dressler Lane from Highway 88 to the Ranchos, Muller Lane, Genoa Lane, Powerdam Road and Mottsville in Dayton

Areas that have flood and are of concern are Foothill between Jacks Valley and Genoa, East Valley, Tillman and Kim and Vicky.

U.S. 95/U.S.50-Alternate is closed between Silver Springs and Fernley due to flooding, according to NDOT.

State Route 89 is closed at Emerald Bay. Drivers must go around Lake Tahoe from the north to the east to reach Highway 50.

-- TART service in North Tahoe has been canceled for Sunday night due to weather concerns, the agency has announced. The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District reports a power outage along the west shore as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

U.S. 395 is also closed from 4.5 miles north of Litchfield to 7 miles north of Ravendale due to flooding.

Check for the latest on state highway road conditions. Call 211 for regional flooding information in Washoe County.

For information about services on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, call 775-574-2426.

The Douglas County flood call center can be reached at 782-9099 & 783-6404. It closes at 3 a.m. Monday and reopens later at 7 a.m.

Storey County's emergency coordinating center is in 24-hour active status. For updates call 775-847-INFO (4636).


CLICK HERE for the full list of evacuated streets.

Officials say nearly 400 additional dwellings and nine commercial buildings were voluntarily evacuated.

Voluntary evacuations are in place for 19 homes in the Hidden Valley area on Pebble Beach Drive, Pelham Drive, and Plum Hollow Circle, according to Washoe County.

The Autumn Hills Drive area is affected by a sewer lift station failure that has created a health hazard, according to Washoe County, and voluntary evacuations are in place in the area bound by Autumn Hills, Amston Road, Huffaker Lane and Offenhauser Drive.

Homes near Rio Poco Road and Mira Loma Drive were evacuated due to flooding, according to Washoe County.

The riverwalk pathways along the Truckee River in downtown Reno have been evacuated of pedestrians, according to reports from the scene.

Washoe County reports Wooster High School's evacuation center is full. All additional evacuees were encouraged to go to Sparks High School.

An emergency shelter is open in Kings Beach at the North Tahoe Event Center for residents affected by severe weather in the North Lake Tahoe area. Only service pets can be accommodated.

An evacuation shelter is open at 411 S. Saliman in Carson City for residents experiencing flooding or a loss of utilities.

An evacuation center is open in Gardnerville at the Community and Senior Center on 1300 Waterloo. Residents of mobile homes at a park on 1380 Centerville Lane have been evacuated.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks and the Eldorado and Peppermill resorts are offering discounted rates to residents who have been forced to evacuated.

State of Emergency

Governor Brian Sandoval has declared a State of Emergency for all counties affected by flooding.

A State of Emergency was declared in Washoe County, Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Douglas County, Storey County and Lyon County on Friday.

Declaring an emergency a few days prior to the majority of flood impacts allowed resources to be deployed in a more timely fashion, according to Washoe County officials.

Gov. Sandoval has directed all non-essential state staff to stay home on Monday, Jan. 9, in the northwest Nevada region.

RTC of Washoe County is offering free rides through Monday, Jan. 9. Check to see if routes are canceled or detoured.

Several city and local agencies are closed on Monday as well. Click here to see which agencies will be closed.

Power outages

About 330 customers are without power in Northern Nevada, with about 300 in Washoe County. 1,500 customers are without power in Winnemucca.

Check for more information on full restoration.

Flood forecast

The Truckee River in Reno reached the minor flood stage early Monday morning, while the Truckee River near Vista in Sparks crested around the same time.

Idlewild and Wingfield Parks saw approximately 6 feet of water on Sunday night.

The Sparks industrial area is forecast to be flooded at 7 feet deep between 10 am and noon on Monday.

Additionally, the Carson River in Carson City is expected to touch "Major Flood Stage" around 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, according to NWS Reno.

The University of Nevada, Reno also declared a state of emergency to mitigate potential physical damage

Check for more information on flood preparations, including sandbag locations.

The flood warning is in effect Sunday evening Jan. 8, through Monday evening, Jan. 9. The flood warning is for the Greater Lake Tahoe area and Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden area, including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, Incline Village, Sparks, Gardnerville and Virginia City.

An atmospheric river will produce periods of intense rainfall with snow levels as high as 9,000’ early Sunday morning to Monday morning.

For regional flood information in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, call 211.

Click here for your complete forecast and click here for information on sandbags and flood reporting.

Click here for more information on preparing your home and how to care for your pet.

If you live in a flood prone area, you should be prepared to evacuate. Click here for more details.

Unaware of what certain flood terms mean? Click here.

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