Storm Forecast: Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have jointly issued a State of Emergency

It’s Happening

By James Turnage

The storm that was forecast for today, Friday, arrived. Snow levels stayed above 7000 feet, so Washoe Valley has been drenched with rain. Over 40 areas have been set up for residents to get sandbags.

The storm expected to arrive on Saturday evening and last through Sunday is much stronger thanks to the “Pineapple Express”, which is a jet stream moving from the Southern Pacific Ocean and pushing across the Sierras, bringing vast amounts of moisture with it.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, and authorities in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have jointly issued a State of Emergency for those living near the banks of the Truckee River.

The last time this area received this much rain was at the end of 1996, and on New Year’s Day the Truckee overflowed its banks and flooded many areas including casinos close to the river. The Grand Sierra’s reservoir overflowed, flooding much of the first floor, and causing evacuation. Several downtown casinos built on the banks of the Truckee had basements flooded, destroying generators, and were without power.

We’ll get through it, government agencies are well prepared. It’s just going to be a soggy weekend.

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