Potential Flooding – State of Emergency Declared

From Chief Moore, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

Received this afternoon (Nov. 30)

“Our best information is that this event will be a 25 year flood. We are expecting winds Saturday evening to Sunday night to be sustained at 80 mph gusting to 100.

There will be portions of Hidden Valley that will likely flood. I’ve attached a map that predicts this as best as we can.

We will relocate the fire station in HV to higher ground, if necessary, but we are planning to have an engine in HV at all times.

Residents should call 911 with any emergencies.”

Chief Moore
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

State of emergency declared in Washoe County, Reno and Sparks due to forecasted local flooding and wind events

November 30, 2012. Reno, Nevada. Authorities in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have declared a state of emergency due to expected local flooding and wind events in our area.

“This morning, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Truckee River area and Susanville,” said Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County Emergency Manager. “We are joining forces with our regional partners to declare a state of emergency in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County in order to access state resources that can help us maintain public safety as we deal with the impact of this 25-year flood. Those resources include the Nevada National Guard, the Division of Forestry, and other agencies that specialize in emergency disaster management and relief.”

Emergency workers will remain on staff throughout the weekend, working with the National Weather Service to monitor potentially dangerous high winds on Saturday, and localized flooding on Sunday that could become serious in some areas. Residents of the Truckee Meadows are advised to take precautionary measures to deal with wind, heavy rain, flooding, and possible power outages.

Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have set up more than 40 sand bag locations where residents may fill and pick up sand bags to protect their property. Anyone in need of sand bags is advised to bring a shovel to one of those locations this weekend. Residents are also advised to ensure they have access to flashlights, food and water, medications, batteries, and other emergency supplies throughout the weekend in case of power outages.

For a complete list of sand bag locations, information about emergency kits, and links to related websites, please visit floodawareness.com   This website will be updated as necessary through the weekend as the situation develops.

Sand and sandbags can be found at the Hidden Valley Fire Station. Bring a shovel…

Washoe County, City of Reno and City of Sparks Have Declared a State of Emergency

Due to the potential flooding and corresponding wind event (70 mph in Valley, 90 mph in foothills, and exceeding 100 mph on ridge tops) Washoe County, City of Reno and City of Sparks have declared a state of emergency.

  • Information on the emergency is distributed online, through media and social media feeds. Below are a few resources that may help you and your community receive information including:
  • Information on preparation, sand bag locations and contact numbers is available on local agency websites and www.floodawareness.com.
  • During the emergency, related press releases are sent to all cMail accounts. If you would like to receive the emails and haven’t signed up for cMail, please take a moment at www.washoecounty.us/cMail.
  • Information is also being distributed through social media feeds including twitter and facebook. The hashtag for this event is #nnvstorm.
  • Code Red is an telephone notification system that allows you to sign up to receive recorded messages during an emergency. The website is http://www.washoecounty.us/em/alert.html

Please take care during the upcoming storm event and tune in for the latest information.


Sarah Tone
Community Relations, County Liaison
Washoe County Nevada
p: (775) 328-2721

Hidden Valley Flood Advisory

For your information if flood impacted residents wish to park their vehicles on the private lot immediately adjacent and East of the fire station during the flood period they may do so (it is technically out of the flood zone but no promises). Please park considerately to allow others access to/from the lot. Parking is at your own risk.

Tony Chadwick, Lot Owner