TAHOE/TRUCKEE - With the National Weather Service in Reno issuing a flood watch for the area this weekend, officials are urging residents to take precautions and be aware of local emergency sandbag locations in the event of a disaster.
Portions of the Truckee River along with creeks and streams in the Tahoe Basin could flood as multiple inches of rainfall are predicted to accumulate into Sunday throughout the Sierra and neighboring valleys, according to NWS.
The first "heavy rain" period is expected to last into Friday evening, resulting in 1 to 3 inches. The second period of heavy rain will start Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday with possible rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches in the basin and "higher amounts up to 7 (inches) along and west of Highway 89," according to NWS. Snow is expected in the higher elevations, starting at 7,000 feet, although snow levels may raise as high as 10,000 feet.
While NWS doesn't anticipate major flooding to occur, the potential danger to low-lying areas prompted officials on Thursday to remind locals where to obtain sandbags if needed.
According to a Thursday statement from the Tuckee Police Department, self-serve sandbags are available at the Truckee Fire Protection District Station 92, at 11473 Donner Pass Road.
On the North Shore, through Placer County, sandbags are available at the following locations: North Tahoe Fire Station 52, 288 North Shore Blvd., Kings Beach; Placer County Department of Public Works Corporation Yard, 2501 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; Old Squaw Valley Fire Station, 1810 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley; Northstar Community Services District Corporation Yard, 50 Trimont Lane off Northstar Boulevard near Northstar California; and North Tahoe Fire Station 53, 5425 West Lake Blvd., Homewood.