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City of Reno asks residents to be prepared ahead of the storm

Post Date:04/05/2018 2:30 PM

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno has issued the following for the greater Reno area:

  • A Flood Watch from Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5 p.m. until Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11 a.m.
  • A Flood Warning on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm before it hits. Prepare now by clearing drainages and ditches of debris in preparation for increased water flows. Prepare for strong winds by securing outdoor furniture, temporary construction structures and canopies.

Sandbag locations

The City is providing sandbags and sand at five locations:

  • 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 bring 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.


Public Works is preparing for the atmospheric river weather event. The forecast shows a quick rise and fall of the river elevation. The current Truckee River forecast in downtown Reno for the height of the storm is estimated at around 11 feet, which is about two feet below major flood stage.

Public Works will be monitoring the irrigation ditches and making sure that crews will be available to remove debris as needed to optimize flow. The City is prepared to respond to local drainage concerns and have traffic signage ready for affected roads.

In the North Valleys area, the City of Reno will continue to coordinate efforts with Washoe County on Swan Lake and Silver Lake as needed.

Report issues

Citizens can call Reno Direct to report City of Reno issues, such as blocked roads or downed trees in the roadway, at 775-334-4636 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Citizens can also contact Reno Direct after hours via voice message or email (, and a citizen representative will follow up the next business day.