State of Emergency Declared in Washoe County, Reno and Sparks
Authorities in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have declared a state of emergency due to expected local flooding and wind events in our area.
"This morning, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Truckee River area and Susanville," said Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County Emergency Manager. "We are joining forces with our regional partners to declare a state of emergency in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County in order to access state resources that can help us maintain public safety as we deal with the impact of this 25-year flood. Those resources include the Nevada National Guard, the Division of Forestry, and other agencies that specialize in emergency disaster management and relief."
Emergency workers will remain on staff throughout the weekend, working with the National Weather Service to monitor potentially dangerous high winds on Saturday, and localized flooding on Sunday that could become serious in some areas. Residents of the Truckee Meadows are advised to take precautionary measures to deal with wind, heavy rain, flooding, and possible power outages.
Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have set up more than 40 sand bag locations where residents may fill and pick up sand bags to protect their property. Anyone in need of sand bags is advised to bring a shovel to one of those locations this weekend. Residents are also advised to ensure they have access to flashlights, food and water, medications, batteries, and other emergency supplies throughout the weekend in case of power outages.
For a complete list of sand bag locations, information about emergency kits, and links to related websites, please visit www.floodawareness.com This website will be updated as necessary through the weekend as the situation develops.
From Washoe County
Nevada Senator Harry Reid today called federal and local officials about potential serious flooding in the Reno-Sparks area this weekend due to storms threatening the region.
"Today I spoke with federal and local officials about potential floods in the Reno-Sparks area this weekend," said Reid. "I am closely monitoring the incoming storm and have asked FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers that they watch it closely and be prepared for the worst. In my conversation with Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, I urged fast action on the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project and said that any future delays would be unacceptable. I told Governor Sandoval and local officials to notify me immediately if they need assistance. I ask all Nevadans to be alert, heed the advice of first responders and local officials, and most importantly stay safe."
Governor Brian Sandoval made the following statement after receiving a briefing from the Nevada Division of Emergency Management regarding this weekend's predicted flooding in the Reno and Sparks areas:
"I want to assure all Nevadans that the state is prepared for the anticipated flooding in the Reno and Sparks areas this weekend. According to forecasters, flooding can be expected Saturday evening into Sunday, particularly around the Truckee River system and streams and creeks in and around the Truckee Meadows and Storey County. For those citizens living in these areas, as well as in the greater Reno/Sparks area, I encourage you to pay attention to weather reports and take necessary precautions. Should you or your family require non-emergency assistance, you may contact Washoe County at 211. If it is an emergency, call 911."
"The Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation and will provide continual updates to the public and to my office."
Senator Dean Heller issued the following statement regarding potential flooding along the Truckee River in coming days:
"My staff and I have been and will continue to monitor the risk of flooding along the Truckee River throughout the weekend. We will continue to work with the community and stand ready to respond to any needs that arise. I urge everyone in the area to exercise caution and take no risks. I remain confident in our first responders to react quickly and effectively to any problems, just as they have always done," said Senator Dean Heller.
Sunday, May 26 2013 1:49 AM EDT2013-05-26 05:49:26 GMT
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