RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A new high water marker sign has been put in place at Wingfield Park near Downtown Reno's Riverwalk.
Right next to the pedestrian bridge off First Street, where the Truckee River splits, is where the new sign can be found.
The important part to point out is the red line at the very top of the sign. This is how high the Truckee got during a flood 25 years ago in 1997.
This project was a co-op with the City of Reno and other agencies to bring this sign to the Riverwalk area as a reminder of the 1997 flood and the more recent flood of 2017.
The City of Reno said signs like this have been used successfully in other states to promote an understanding of the significance of flooding.
From an annual point of view, FEMA said flooding damage exceeds that of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and quakes. Part of the sign messaging is a QR code where we can learn more about Reno floods and safety tips.
City of Reno Councilwoman, Naomi Duerr, said:
It is incredibly important in a state like Nevada, which is the dryest state in the nation, to also know that we have a severe flooding problem and we call it the hydro-illogical cycle. Meaning when it's not a flood, we forget that it floods. So it's important that we have a reminder. This is actually the first such watermark in all of Nevada.