Nevada Flood Awareness Week calls attention to surprising dangers


    It's Flood Awareness Week in Nevada.

    It may not be something we think about much when we have the nice, sunny weather, but The Truckee Meadows have been their fair share of flooding events.

    One thing you may not know -- flooding kills more people than any other natural disaster. So, it makes sense for us to be aware of flooding danger -- and how to respond to it -- in rain or shine.

    New Year's 1997 would be the most memorable for many. Sierra snow followed by torrential rain created a recipe for disaster.

    Nevada has 3 types of floods

    1. Main channel (riverine) flooding - occurs in the valley floors during large winter storms when prolonged heavy rain falls on mountain snow pack. An example of this is the New Year’s Flood of 1997
    2. Alluvial fan flooding - occurs along small creeks and usually dry washes that emerge from the bottom of mountain canyons. Violent flash flooding after an intense thunderstorm
    3. Debris Flow - Fast moving carrying rocks and boulders

    Here are a few facts about flooding

    • Flooding kills more people than any other natural disaster
    • One inch of floodwater indoors can cause $10,000 in damage
    • Homeowners insurance DOES NOT cover floods. Consumers need a separate policy
    • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet
    • One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away


    When flooding danger is near, you typically hear meteorologists use terms to help determine the threat level. These are the terms we use, how they're applied, and what they mean for you.

    • ADVISORY - Low impact and not property or life threatening - if you live in flood prone areas you should start paying attention
    • WATCH - Potential for hazardous conditions - Conditions exist for the likelihood of flooding in flood prone areas
    • WARNING - Life/Property threatening conditions are occurring - Take action now!

    More information can be found at

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