Flooding impacts expected with warmer weather
The Walker River, Carson River, Truckee River, and streams around the eastern Sierra as well as Tahoe are expecting increased flows thanks to snowmelt associated with warmer temperatures over the next two weeks.
The Walker River has the highest potential for widespread flooding, and is expected to flow at a rate of 3500 cubic feet per second (cfs.) On May 16, the Walker River peaked near 2100 cfs.
The Carson River is expected to reach 5000 cubic feet per second by May 25.
Local streams are likely see flooding impacts as well. Fortunately, the Truckee River continues to have a lot of storage capacity, and a lot of snowmelt has already occurred, so only minor flooding is expected.
Lyon County Manager Jeff Page shared the following tips for preparing for flood:
- Secure propane tanks and anything that could float away
- Develop a plan and be prepared to evacuate. Ensure that you pack medications, pet food and supplies, important documents
- Develop a Communications Plan with family and friends in the event you are separated.
- Ensure vehicles are fueled
- Register for the Code Red Telephone Notification System
Sandbags will be available at the following locations:
- Fire Station 40 In Smith Valley – 1 Hardie Ln, Smith Valley.
- Wellington Rodeo Arena – 2715 Hwy 208
- Mason Town Hall – 55 Bridge St, Mason.
- L.C. Road Yard – 18 Hwy 95A North (North side of office).
- L.C. Fair Grounds – 100 Hwy 95A East.
- City of Yerington Public Works Yard – Trowbridge Lane
- People physically incapable of self-filling sandbags can register to have filled sandbags delivered to them by clicking here.