Relatively tame crowds greeted the new year in the Reno-Tahoe area after the region's worst flooding since the New Year's Day 1997 flood.
In Reno, police estimate only five-thousand to seven-thousand
celebrants joined Mayor Bob Cashell in the countdown to 2006.
Officers called it the smallest throng in nearly 20 years,
saying no one could get in and out of Reno because of road closures
Officials also attribute the smaller crowd to cancellation of
the city's annual New Year's Eve fireworks show after the flooding.
The show had been rescheduled for tonight, but was scrapped
again after a new storm brought more rain and high winds to Reno.
On Lake Tahoe's south shore, thousands of young revelers jammed
the Stateline casino area. No crowd estimate was immediately
No major problems were reported at either event.
At Stateline, officers made 16 arrests, mostly for public
drunkenness, disorderly conduct and battery.
In Reno, 27 people were booked into the Washoe County Jail on
New Year's Eve.