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Area Flood Warnings Canceled; Sparks Industrial Area Reopens

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From the National Weather Service -

The flood warning has been canceled for urban areas and small streams in Carson City and western Douglas Counties.

Creeks and streams in Carson City and Douglas Counties will continue to recede this afternoon. Heavy rain has moved out of the area and the threat for flooding is over.

Meanwhile, the flood warning has been canceled for small urban areas and small streams in southwestern Washoe and western Storey Counties. Creeks and streams have crested across Washoe County. The Truckee River through Reno-Sparks will crest tonight but remain below flood stage.

The highest area of Reno/Sparks flooding concern is along the Truckee River from Highway395/I-580 to Vista Boulevard - specifically the Sparks industrial area. The Sparks Police Department will inform people living within the respective area for voluntary evacuations. An evacuation center has been set up at Sparks High School.

The Flood stage for the Truckee River at Truckee, CA is 4.5 feet. The good news is that the expected crest has dropped by about two feet to 5.4 feet. That crest should happen later Sunday.

The area high wind warning is canceled. Winds have diminished over west central Nevada and eastern California. Some local wind gusts up to 40 mph may occur through tonight.

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From the City of Sparks:

Based on the latest information provided from the National Weather Service, including but not limited to, the Truckee River cresting, the City of Sparks will be reopening the Industrial area.  Barricades will begin to be removed at 3:30PM Sunday afternoon.  At this time traffic signals are in operation. 

The City of Sparks is unaware of any significant damage and will not deploy the damage assessment team.

Water is still flowing high and swiftly and precautions should be taken in proximity to the Truckee River.  Please use caution when around and near areas of high water. 

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ICDA Charter High School will have a two-hour delayed start for students tomorrow, Monday December 3rd. Classes will begin at 9:40 a.m. The staff, faculty, and administration will be putting the school back together from the extensive flood preparations that were conducted this weekend.

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The National Weather Service has updated its reports and forecasts and has lifted the flood warning threats to the Truckee Meadows region.  They have estimated that the Truckee River in downtown Reno will crest at 8.6 feet at 4:00 p.m. with the cubic feet per second measuring at 4350.  The river will crest at Vista at 13.2 feet, at 8 p.m. with the cubic feet per second measuring at 5642.  River levels are expected to begin receding around midnight tonight.  Snow levels are expected to be lowering to the 6,500-foot level this afternoon.

The Regional Emergency Operation Center (REOC) remains open as well as Reno and Sparks EOC locations.   Washoe County and City staffs continue to patrol streets and ditches and assist residents and motorists stranded by floodwaters.

Washoe County's Emergency Manager, Aaron Kenneston noted, "We dodged a bullet this time with this flood event.  We are not out of the woods yet with future flooding events as we are just in the beginning of the winter season. Coordination with Regional Partners, Public Safety officials, First Responders, and volunteers made years of emergency planning and training pay off with succinct warning information and emergency services to protect and prepare the community and region from widespread damage."    

  • City of Sparks sandbag site at Solomon Cir./Vista Blvd.  remains open with all other  sites closed. 
  • City of Reno sandbag locations will be closing at 3:00pm.
  • Washoe County sandbag locations are still open.

If you need to dispose of your sandbags, please take the sandbags back to the location where you picked them up.  The map of the sandbag locations can be found at floodawareness.com.  

Public Health Advisory

District Health officials advise that residents should avoid contact with floodwaters as they may be contaminated with debris or raw sewage. Special attention should be used when dealing with floodwater, such as wearing rubber gloves and boots, and well as washing hands frequently.   

Residents with water wells should not drink or use water from those wells if the floodwater has covered their well-head.  After floodwaters subside, these wells will need to be chlorinated.  Well owners should contact the Washoe County Health Department 775-328-2436. Water from local municipal water systems is not affected and is safe to drink.

Evacuation Centers.

All evacuation centers including the Livestock Event Center are now closed.  If residents are in need of any assistance with animals, please contact the Animal Services Dispatch at 775-322-3647 until 10:00 p.m. tonight.

Debris.

Large pieces of debris continue to move down the Truckee River, with smaller particles on the streets and the gutters which all pose a safety hazard.  Residents are encouraged to stay out and away from the river and to continue clearing gutters and low lying areas by their homes and businesses for storm waters to properly drain.

To report flood damage, citizens can call 211, City of Reno at 775-334-4636, City of Sparks at 775-353-5555, or Washoe County at 775-328-2180 or go to ReadyWashoe.com and click on the "Report Damage" link on the homepage.

Road Closures. The City of Reno will be opening the downtown Virginia Street and Arlington bridges and main intersections leading into Sparks at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. 

Regional emergency response officials ask for the public's help during this storm event.  Specifically, residents are asked:

  • If you live in a low-lying area near the river, stream, ditches or culverts, monitor the situation.  Crews are out clearing these of debris as much as they can, but you need to be aware of your surroundings too.
  • For more information regarding flooding and flood awareness go to www.floodawareness.com.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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