Since the Truckee River runs directly through the City of Reno, it is important that residents adjacent to the river are prepared in the event of a flood. In addition, flooding can occur on roads and throughout the City.
The following information is from the Truckee Fiver Floods Awareness brochure on how the community can prepare for a flood. For more information about flood preparedness go to the Northern Nevada Flood Information page.
- Check ditches and culverts on or around your property.
- Remove any debris immediately, even a small object can cause a backup and overwhelm ditches.
- During high-wind advisories, it is recommended to secure loose objects.
- Make a family disaster plan and emergency kit for floods, earthquakes and fires.
- Buy a battery operated radio or TV and keep new batteries on hand.
- Learn where your emergency kit, battery radio and flashlights are kept.
- Never walk or bike through rising flood waters.
- Don’t go watch rising creeks and flood water, it’s not safe.
- Keep neighborhood storm drains clear of leaves and debris.
- Travel impacts on area roads could occur, if you must travel, allow for plenty of time and take caution.
- During heavy snow, please be patient and make way for snow plows.
- During a rain event, there may be temporary road closures throughout the region.
- Please watch out for crews and DO NOT attempt to drive through standing water.
- During a power outage when traffic control signals are out, treat the intersection as a four way stop and proceed with caution.
- Determine the risk of flooding at your business location.
- Tune to local radio and TV stations for emergency information.
- Update emergency contact information for all employees.
- Know where to move critical equipment such as computers.
- Know where to get sandbags and how to protect your business.
- Design an emergency evacuation plan for employees.
- Stockpile emergency building materials.
When the City of Reno activates sandbag locations, generally during high-precipitation periods, they will typically be setup at the following locations:
- Idlewild Park - Peace Officer Memorial, 1900 Idlewild Dr.
- Mira Loma Park, 3000 South McCarran Blvd.
- Intersection of Moya Blvd. and Red Baron Blvd. (shoulder of Moya)
- Moana Sports Complex, 240 W. Moana Ln.
- Echo Ave and Military (shoulder of Echo, east of Military)
- City of Reno Corporation Yard, 1600 Commercial Row
Citizens must bring a shovel and bag their own sand. Bags are provided at each location. *All locations are accessible 24-7, with the exception of the Corporation Yard, which is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- City of Sparks flood resources
- Washoe County sandbag locations
- Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) sandbag locations
For questions regarding preparations, and to verify sandbag availability, please contact:
- City of Reno: 775-334-4636 (Reno Direct)
- City of Sparks: 775-353-2300 or 775-353-2231 (after hours)
- Washoe County: Washoe311, 3-1-1 or 775-328-2003
- Reno-Sparks Indian Colony: 775-329-2936
Always call 9-1-1 if there is a medical emergency.