Sandbags available in case of flooding

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 5:38 PM PDT
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Washoe County officials say they want to be sure the region is prepared ahead of a forecasted atmospheric river set to hit our region this week, with rains beginning Friday. Working with the

Reno, it appears the weather event could produce heavy precipitation causing localized flooding in areas throughout the county.

Should the need arise, sandbags are available at various locations throughout Washoe County. Please be prepared to fill the sandbags at the locations by having a shovel and assistance if possible.

The following locations have sandbags available:

• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #223, 130 Nectar St., Lemmon Valley

• Lemmon Drive and Pompe Way intersection, Lemmon Valley

• Blue Heron Circle and Warrior Lane intersection, Belli Ranch

• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30, 3905 Old Hwy 395, Washoe Valley

• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #16, 1240 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

• Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno

• Highland Ranch Parkway, one mile west of Pyramid Hwy, Sparks

• Andrew Lane and Paddlewheel Lane intersection, Pleasant Valley

Washoe County Roads Division reports it regularly cleans and services Washoe County ditches and maintains infrastructure. However, it is recommended that property owners also continually clear gutters and ditches to allow for proper drainage should high precipitation occur. Stormwater can also be expected with temporary high flows in ditches, and with recent snows the stormwater may not make it into the ditches due to snow blocked drainages. If stormwater starts to look threatening, you are encouraged to call:

911 for any life safety emergency.


Washoe311 (non-emergencies), by dialing 3-1-1 from any phone: If you see rising water on the road, if you have water in your home, or if water is keeping you from accessing your home.


• Public Works Corporation Yard at 1640 E. Commercial Row. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Old Moana Swimming Pool location at 240 W. Moana Ln. Open 24 hours

• Mira Loma Park, near the Gazebo, at 2850 S. McCarran Blvd. Open 24 hours

• Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at Idlewild Park at 2055 Idlewild Dr. Open 24 hours

• Near intersection of Moya Blvd. and Resource Dr. Open 24 hours

Residents are responsible for filling their bags and should have their own shovels. Empty bags and sand are available at each location. Limited quantities of pre-filled bags for those with disabilities are available at the Corporation Yard. While the supplies are free, people should only take what they need.


* Fire Station 52 on College Parkway

* Fire Station 53 at Ross Gold Park

* Foothill Road at Winnie Ln

* City Corporate Yard at 3505 Butti Way

Have your own shovel with you.


Sheridan Fire Station

980 Sheridan Lane

Sand is located behind the station in the upper parking area

Genoa Fire Station

2298 Main Street

Sand is located behind the station in the upper parking area

Jacks Valley Fire Station

3450 Jacks Valley Road

Sand is located in the front parking lot, east side of station

Johnson Lane Fire Station

1450 Stephanie Lane

Sand is located in parking lot, west side of station

Fish Springs Fire Station

2249 Fish Springs Road

Sand is located in parking lot rear of building

Ruhenstroth Fire Station

2008 Pinto Circle

Sand is located in lower parking lot, west side of building

Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center

4001 Carter Drive

Sand is located in front parking lot

Fire District Warehouse

941 Mitch Drive

Sand is located front parking lot, north side


The City of South Lake Tahoe would like to remind residents that sand bags are available at no cost year-round. Sand and sand bags are available at the City’s Public Works Yard at 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd. as well as South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Station #3 at 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

To pick-up your sand bags, proceed through the gate at 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd. and drive to the back of the lot. At the back of the lot is a large sand mound, shovels and bags. Residents fill their own bags and transport back to their own residence. Please leave the shovels so that other residents may use and try to limit the number of bags to 10 per visit.

Access to sand bags is available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm.


Based upon projected weather forecast for this weekend Lyon County has implemented self-fill sand bag locations in Central Lyon County.

Locations are as follows:

Lyon County will monitor these locations and will stock them with more supplies as needed. Currently each location has 8+ tons of sand and 2 bundles of sandbags (1000 bags).

56 Red Rock Rd, Mound House (Fire Station)

Dayton Toll Rd, Silver City at the Y (HWY 341 and HWY 342)

200 Lakes Blvd, Dayton (front gate)

460 Dayton Valley Rd, Dayton (Fire Station)

404 Keystone Ave, Mark Twain (Utilities Building)

8105 W HWY 50, Stagecoach (Community Center at Cheyenne Tr.)

Animal Services, HWY 50 E Silver Springs