Northern Nevada Prepares for Biggest Flood of Decade


Northern Nevada braced for its biggest flood in more than a decade as rain fell on a heavy snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

The Truckee River is expected to crest at 12.8 feet in Reno Sunday evening and 21.2 feet in neighboring Sparks Monday morning. Peak flow is projected at 14,740 cubic feet per second, well above its average of 800 cubic feet per second. Two more storms will hit the West Coast over the next several days, but are expected to bring colder temperatures and less precipitation than the current storm.

Washoe, Lyon and Douglas counties have declared states of emergency and are providing self-service sandbag stations for residents and business owners. By Saturday morning, Washoe County’s school district declared that schools would be closed Monday in anticipation of the flood. Local governments have set up shelters for residents, pets and livestock.

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Source: USA Today