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According to current information, the Truckee River crested, or reached its highest level, in downtown Reno around 12:45AM January 9, 2017. The river crested in Sparks the next day, according to city Spokesman Adam Mayberry.
Flooding in the Reno-Tahoe the weekend of January 7 forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. More than 1,000 residents voluntarily evacuated one south Reno neighborhood where drainage ditches started overflowing early Sunday afternoon.
Nearly 5 inches of rain fell in the Galena Creek area southwest of Reno and more than 4 inches north of town.
Washoe County was significant precipitation, including these rainfall data for the heaviest 24-hour period:
Galena Creek: 4.89 inches
Rhodes Road: 2.96 inches
Hidden Valley: 1.26 inches
Rancho San Rafael: 1.22 inches
No injuries connected to the flooding have been reported.
Governor Sandoval declared a state of emergency due to the severe weather system developing in northern Nevada and the consequent danger to life and damage to property. The governor directed all state agencies to supplement the efforts of Washoe, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties, the City of Carson City, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes.
As of January 7, 2017, the counties of Washoe, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey, the City of Carson City, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe declared states of emergency due to the anticipated disturbance cause by the severe weather system.
Nevada Revised Statute 414.070 authorizes the Governor to issue a proclamation declaring a state of emergency when assistance of state agencies is needed to supplement the efforts and capabilities of political subdivisions to save lives, protect property, and protect the health and safety of Nevada citizens.
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