Reno gets more rain Wednesday night than the rest of 2022

The thunderstorms caused flooding in western Nevada and the Alpine County area of California.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:34 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 9:24 PM PDT
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MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) -9:15 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Reno reported the Reno Tahoe International Airport received 1.22 inches of rain on Wednesday, more than the rest of 2022 combined.

The heavy downpour left streets flooded around the Reno area. Rock Boulevard where it goes underneath the railroad tracks was flooded.

The storm left up to 2 feet of standing water on Terminal Way, which was closed from Mill Street to Villanova Drive. Four cars stalled in standing water there, the Reno Fire Department said.

There was also flooding on Mill Street and on Moana Lane, among other places.

6:45 P.M. UPDATE: There is now a flash flood warning in the Six Mile Canyon area near Virginia City, the National Weather Service reports.

Radar shows heavy rainfall in the area that includes Storey and Lyon counties.

“Avoid the area, flooding is already occurring or imminent,” the weather service said.

The warning is until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

6:10 P.M. UPDATE: California 89 is closed from Turtle Rock Park to Markleeville, the Alpine County Unified Command said Wednesday.

Access for residents will be through Monitor Pass.

Visitors are asked to avoid the area until further notice.

5:30 P.M. UPDATE: California 89 just north of Markleeville is closed Wednesday due to severe flooding, the California Department of Transportation reports.

There is no estimated time of reopening. Caltrans asks people to avoid the area.

The National Weather Service reports a flash flood warning remains in effect for the Markleeville area.

A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for the Tamarack Fire burn scar until 7:30 p.m. and the weather service urges people in that area to seek higher ground.

Late Wednesday afternoon the California Highway Patrol and a Grover Hot Springs State Park employee reported debris flows crossing Grover Hot Springs Road. Large boulders are on the road.

More than 2 inches of rain fell in the Markleeville area.

Due to heavy rain in eastern Alpine County, the Alpine County Unified Command asks residents to remain vigilant and prepare for large-scale flash flooding and debris flows through Friday in the Markleeville, Markleevillage, California 89 corridor to Wolf Creek, Pleasant Valley and nearby areas.

ORIGINAL STORY: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Tamarack Fire burn scar until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Doppler radar indicates thunderstorms are producing heavy rain in that area, the weather service said.

That could cause debris flows in the burned area.

The weather service asks people to quickly move through the burned area if possible.

Douglas County has sandbag stations available. People should bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags:

  • Johnson Lane Fire Station, 1450 Stephanie Way, Minden, NV 8423
  • Genoa Fire Station, 2298 Main St, Genoa, NV 89411
  • Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Rd., Gardnerville, NV 89410
  • Ruhenstroth Fire Station, 2008 Pinto Circle, Gardnerville, NV 89410
  • Sheridan Fire Station, 980 Centerville Ln, Gardnerville, NV 89460
  • Turn right onto Leviathan Mine Rd, (On the right-hand side of the road near the water tower, (Inside Fenced Area)
  • Holbrook Highlands, off of Highland Way- near green water tank off US 395

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