The winter storm that has dumped more than six feet of snow in the upper elevations of the Sierra is now raising flood concerns for Reno, Sparks and the Carson City area.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch effective Saturday night through Monday morning throughout the region. The City of Reno, Washoe County, and the City of Sparks all have multiple sandbag locations.
Emergency management officials are warning that as the storm continues, and gets warmer and wetter, it will cause flooding across the region.
“There are three points that you just have to look at: Sparks industrial area, the Steamboat Creek drainage through Hidden Valley, and, of course, the downtown corridor through Reno,” explains Ed Evans, a hydrogeologist for the Truckee River Flood Management Authority.
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