FLOOD: City of Sparks still offering sandbags

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The City of Sparks and National Weather Service strongly recommend the public to keep flood mitigation measures in place for the next 1 to 2 weeks. Closely monitor the weather and news.

Business in Sparks’ industrial area should maintain sandbags and not return them.

The City has maintained two sandbag stations
• 3300 Sparks Blvd (Shadow Mountain Sports Complex)
• 2901 N. Truckee Lane (Shelly Park)

Sparks Flood Hotline, 775-353-5555, is available to report any flooding issues in the City. The hotline will be answered by city personnel during normal business hours

The City of Sparks experienced flash flooding due to torrential rains and heavy runoff Tluesday night. The brief warning was issued at 4:02 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

The areas along E. Glendale Ave, Meredith Way and Franklin Way are closed due to flash flood waters. It is strongly recommended to avoid the following areas that are heavily impacted by flash floods:

• Springland Drive between Lida Lane and Sparks Boulevard.
• Sparks Boulevard and Eagle Pass Road
• El Rancho Drive between G Street and Victorian Avenue
• Rock Boulevard underpass at Interstate 80
• Coney Island Drive and Linda Way

Sparks High School was briefly set up as a shelter because of Tuesday night flooding, but nobody took advantage. There are also two sandbag locations in the wake of the new flooding: Shadow Mountain Park at 3300 Sparks Blvd and Shelly Park at 2901 N Truckee Lane.

Tuesday, city crews reopened all roads in the Sparks Industrial area. While those streets are now open, please observe caution and reduce your speed as city crews continue to attend to debris, mud and maintenance issues on all of the streets in this area. Maintenance issues include but are not limited to pot holes created from the high water levels.

Also, Kleppe Lane is open but is currently not a through street as the road burm at the North Truckee Drain will remain in place until Thursday.

The Truckee River Trail along with Rock Park continue to be closed until the Truckee River recedes enough to allow maintenance crews to assess damage and make repairs to the facilities.

The public is asked to keep sandbags through the upcoming weather events for the next few days then return the bags to the locations they were obtained from.

The Truckee River has leveled off in Sparks, according to city Spokesman Adam Mayberry. City officials began an assessment of the area and structures Monday morning.

Please monitor the city’s website and social media channels.

The public can also dial 211 for regional flood information.

For more information on how the City of Sparks is dealing with the storm, go to www.cityofsparks.us.

Flooding at Rock and Hymer