January 2017: Northern Nevada Emergency Flood Information

The Northern Nevada regions of Carson City, City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County declare a state of emergency in preparation for flooding, January 7th – 10th, 2017.

Visit the Nevada state government flood resources for additional updates.

Find information for your county by clicking a button below:

Call 2-1-1 if you have non-emergency questions

Call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency situation

– Media and the public are encouraged to ask questions and share information on social media with the hashtag #NVFlood17

– Those interested in volunteering can call the Northern Nevada Red Cross at (775) 770-0899

Carson City Flood Information:

A Flood Hotline has been designated for weather/flood related reporting, issues and questions, which are not life-threatening. The number is (775) 887-2355

– Current Carson City incident information can be found at www.carson.org/flood

– The storm surge may cause delays to waste management service collection, read more here

Find a Sandbag Location:

– 3rd Street Parking lot (off of Curry)

– Fire Station 52 (College Parkway)

– Ross Gold Park (Snyder Avenue)

– Ormsby Blvd and W. Washington Street

– Winnie Lane and Foothill Drive

– City Corporate yard (Butti Way)

Nevada 2-1-1 Flood Emergency Sandbag Locations

City of Reno Flood Information:

Bridge closures starting January 7th at noon: Arlington, Lake and Sierra

Sandbags are available at 6 locations, visit reno.gov/news to find sandbag locations

The public and City of Reno employees should anticipate the closure of Reno City Hall on Monday Jan. 9, 2017, and plan accordingly

The City of Reno is prepared to mitigate potential damage that could be caused by flooding.

I want the citizens of Reno to know that we have learned from past flooding events in this region and that we are more preared than even before,” said Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.  “I urge everyone to prepare for flooding, including sandbagging flood-prone areas and making sure you and your family have an emergency plan and extra supplies. Safety is of the utmost importance.”

Public Works will be working around the clock until there is no longer a concern for public safety. Crews will be clearing storm drains to avoid water over roadways and preparing for potential flooding along the Truckee River by filling sandbags, removing debris and inspecting bridges in high-flow areas.

City of Sparks Flood Information:

For more information on how the City of Sparks is preparing for the storm, visit www.cityofsparks.us

Regional Transportation Commission:

Due to predicted flooding, RTC bus routes may be inoperable in flood-prone areas as conditions warrant. All riders are advised to plan ahead and monitor www.rtcwashoe.com for updated information. Click on Transit Alerts.

Additionally, RTC buses are on standby to assist with evacuations this weekend and early next week if called on by first-responders or law enforcement. However, residents should plan on being self-sufficient during the flood emergency and prepare in advance. Precautions for flooding are also taking place at RTC constructions sites, such as moving equipment to higher ground. The RTC encourages everyone to monitor media reports and to be safe and prepared.

Washoe County Flood Information:

– Visit www.washoecounty.us for updates and news

– For the latest information on Twitter, follow us at www.twitter.com/washoecounty

– Washoe County Roads Division is busy making sure roads are as safe as possible. There are nine sandbag locations available throughout unincorporated Washoe County. See the complete list.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services will have the Reno Livestock Events Center available as a shelter for residents with animals in flood prone areas beginning Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon.

Avalanche danger continues to exist in the Sierra. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to stay out of the backcountry until the danger passes. Avalanche experts have also expressed concern about a high probability of an avalanche in the Third Creek drainage area above Incline Village. At this time, we do not believe homes in the area are threatened.

Washoe County School District will continue to evaluate the situation and a decision on possible school closures or delays will be announced as soon as possible.

Declaring an emergency allows the County Manager to speed up the delivery of resources required to more effectively respond to an emergency and meet the needs of the community during a time of crisis.

“The State of Emergency Declaration for Washoe County will be delivered to the Governor later today,” Washoe County Manager John Slaughter said. “The declaration has been made so that Washoe County can make requests of the State for resources as soon as possible in order to be available on-site and ready to go by this weekend.”

Washoe County Chairman Bob Lucey said Washoe County is working hard to prepare for the pending storms.

“We will do whatever we need to do to make sure all the citizens of Washoe County are safe. We want the community to know we are working with our regional partners to mitigate any damage that could be caused by this storm,” Chairman Lucey said.