Officials keep guard up after Reno’s worst flooding in 9 years |

Officials keep guard up after Reno’s worst flooding in 9 years

Martin Griffith

RENO (AP) – As a new storm brought more rain, local emergency management officials kept up their guard after the Reno area’s worst flooding in nine years.

Kaydie Paschall, coordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team, said authorities were still closely monitoring the Truckee, Carson and Walker rivers.

“At this point, there are cleanup efforts to remove debris,” she said Sunday. “But sandbags aren’t being removed until the next storm system passes. Why risk it?”

Paschall said officials also were trying to assess the damage of the worst flooding since a New Year’s Day 1997 flood caused $1 billion in damage in northern Nevada.

Officials said the worst-hit area appeared to be the Sparks industrial area, where an undetermined number of businesses along the Truckee were under up to 4 feet of water.

A major concern Sunday was the Dayton area, where authorities were working to save at least one home and several outbuildings from flood waters.

The Carson crested Sunday afternoon at about 2.5 feet above flood stage there.

“The Carson is moving fast. You can see tree limbs and other debris speed past,” said Lyon County sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Page. “Last week it was moving like a mosquito and today it’s moving like an F-18 jet.”

The Truckee River was below flood stage Sunday in Reno, and no new problems were reported on it.

Gary Barbato, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Reno, said he did not expect the new storm to cause similar flooding on the Truckee and Carson rivers.

While the storm was expected to bring up to 1 inch more of rain to the Reno area, he said, the snow level should be lower.

“I don’t foresee a repeat of yesterday’s flooding because the next system will be much colder,” Barbato said Sunday.

The storm that triggered the flooding brought up to 2 inches of rain to valley floors and 8 inches of rain to the Sierra Nevada.

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