The city of Sparks has declared an emergency and much of western Nevada and the Sierra are under a flood warning
as back-to-back storms are making their way into the region with
heavy rains, strong winds and snow to follow.
City workers filled sand bags along the Truckee River today in
anticipation the waters will rise above the flood stage early
tomorrow in Sparks and points down stream.
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini says the emergency declaration allows
the city to request aid from other jurisdictions, including Washoe
County and the state of Nevada.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning in effect
through four o'clock tomorrow afternoon for the Truckee River in
Sparks and to the east, for the east and west forks of the Carson
River and for the Susan River at Susanville, California.
Some of the heaviest rain has fallen along the Sierra in
California north and west of Reno. A spotter for the weather
service reported two-point-eight inches of rain in less than 24
hours near Cromberg in Plumas County. About two-point-seven inches
was reported near Sierraville in Sierra County and more than two
inches near Jansesville in Lassen County.
The weather service predicts minor to moderate flooding for the
Sparks industrial area near Vista Boulevard where the Truckee River
is expected to rise about one-and-one-half feet above flood stage
by tomorrow morning.