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Weather Service Tracks Storm; Emergency Response Coordination

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The National Weather Service has been tracking this storm system locally for some time now.

Forecasters at their office on Raggio Parkway say the brunt of it will be coming in overnight from Saturday to Sunday. They say the soil won't be able to absorb much more rain by then.

"It's already going to be saturated by then and then we're having our biggest downburst right at the end and it's all going to run off and we're going to get basically a spike on all the rivers and streams," says NWS Reno Service hydrologist Gar Barbato.

Barbato says small streams will be swollen from the storms and could overflow. Also, Lake Tahoe could rise 8 or 9 inches because of all the run-off from the mountains.

Meanwhile, we got a tour of the Regional Emergency Operations Center in north Reno -- which is in charge of the response to this storm.

"The regional operations center is jointly owned by the city of Reno the City of Sparks and the County of Washoe and this is the brains or the management section," says county emergency management director Aaron Kenneston.

The center is led by the manager of the county or one of the cities - and coordinates the response between a whole range of government agencies, including law enforcement, fire, schools and health officials.

The logistics section helps get supplies and services to those who need it.

Written by Michael Wolfe

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