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Storey County Declares a State of Emergency

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Storey County Emergency Management has declared a state of emergency as they continue to prepare for possible flooding this weekend:

With the upcoming storms and the potential impacts to the area, Storey County continues to monitor weather conditions, make advanced preparations, and coordinate with area agencies. 

Storey County has made the decision to declare a State of Emergency due to the potential for flooding (particularly along the Truckee River corridor in the northern portion of the county) and damaging winds across our county.  This declaration enables Storey County to be able to access federal emergency funds.  Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks made their declaration yesterday.  This event is a true regional partnership between neighboring counties and cities to make sure that we take all necessary precautions for preparedness.

High winds are expected starting Saturday evening and will continue through Sunday morning with speeds of 70 mph on the valley floor, 80–90 mph in the foothills and gusts of up to 120 mph in the Sierra. Residents are encouraged to secure items outdoors such as patio furniture, garbage cans and debris.  With the high winds there is a possibility of falling trees, please be aware of your surroundings.

Rain is expected in move in late tonight and the early morning hours on Sunday.

With the potential for localized flooding, sandbags and sand will be available for the public at the following locations:

  • 400 Ave de la Colors- Lockwood
  • Fire Station 73- 500 Sam Clemens- Mark Twain Estates
  • Fire Station 72- 2610 Cartwright Road- Virginia City Highlands
  • Fire Station 71- 145 North C Street- Virginia City.  Sand is available at the Ice House Lot on Toll Road

Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill the sandbags.

We would like to remind our residents that they should consider the following preparedness measures:

  • Make a family disaster plan and emergency preparedness kit, allowing for self-sufficiency for up to three days.
  • Limit outings to ones that are necessary. Non-essential errands or travels should be scheduled once the weather is better. Less traffic on the roadways makes it safer for everyone.
  • Decrease driving speeds, keep a safe following distance, allow for extra travel time, and be cautious of roadways with snow drifts, ice, or standing water.
  • Power outages may occur during periods of high wind and rain.  Make sure that your home is prepared and that you have flashlights and candles readily available.
  • Only use 911 for emergencies.
  • Never drive or walk through areas with accumulated water. You often can't tell how deep it is until it is too late.
  • Avoid any moving water. Swift moving water is very dangerous, even when shallow.
  • Power outages may occur during periods of high wind and rain.  Make sure that your home is prepared and that you have flashlights and candles readily available.
  • Have an emergency "GO" kit with important items and warm clothing should you have to evacuate.
  • Listen to radio and television news for up-to-date information.

Remember to visit www.storeycounty.org or call our information hotline at 847-INFO (4636) for information related to flooding and Emergency Preparedness. 

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