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Sandbags Available For Potential Flooding (updated)


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UPDATE (1/5/2017): The City of Reno announced today that sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Dr.
  • Mira Loma Park at 3000 South McCarran Blvd.
  • Reno Fire Station 5 at 1500 Mayberry Dr.
  • Horseman’s Park at 2800 Pioneer Dr.
  • Public Works Corporation Yard at 1640 E. Commercial Row.
  • Old Moana Swimming Pool at 240 W. Moana Ln.

Residents should bring their own shovels and bags.

Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran is warning residents to stay away from the Truckee River and use extra caution in flood-prone areas.

“During flooding, the Truckee River and surrounding waters pose a dual threat. The river is moving so quickly and with such force it can quickly sweep a person away, and the water is snowmelt coming directly from the Sierra, so even calm or slow-moving waters will quickly cause hypothermia,” Cochran said. “Anyone in the water will lose the ability to perform purposeful movements within 10 minutes and won’t be able to assist in his or her own rescue.”

Washoe County is making available sandbags for potential flooding. Significant precipitation is expected for the next few days, and Washoe County asks that citizens stay away from standing or moving water.

Residents with properties near open ditches and culverts in unincorporated Washoe County should prepare for incoming storms.

“The National Weather Service in Reno is forecasting high winds and intense rain. When high winds are forecasted, debris can move into ditches and culverts,” said Washoe County Community Services Operations Director Eric Crump. “With heavy rain expected, those ditches and culverts can cause overflows. The Community Services Department Roads Crews have installed road signs on Dog Valley Road near the California Border in Verdi, warning motorists that the road is not maintained a half mile beyond that point.”Roads may be impassable, and Crump said that GPS navigation have directed motorists to Dog Valley Road.

Sandbag locations are available throughout unincorporated portions of the county:

  • Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno
  • Highland Ranch Parkway, one mile west of Pyramid Hwy., Sparks
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30 at 3905 Old Hwy. 395, Washoe Valley
  • Gander Lane and Eastlake Blvd. in Washoe Valley (sand only)
  • Paddlewheel and Andrew Lanes in Pleasant Valley
  • Toll Road and Geiger Grade
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Lemmon Valley Volunteer Station #223 at 130 Nectar Street
  • Arizona and Lemmon Drive in Lemmon Valley (sand only)
  • Blue Heron/Warrior Lane in Belli Ranch Area
  • Report any flooding within unincorporated Washoe County to 775-328-2180.

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