Jan 10, 2017

After rain, northern Nevada assesses flooding damage

Lockwood, NV
USA
by
Mike Higdon
,
USA Today via Reno Gazette-Journal
Standing water is seen on the flood plain surrounding the Reno/Sparks Southeast Connector just south of the Sparks Industrial Complex and the Truckee River on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Photo: Jason Bean, Reno Gazette-Journal
Standing water is seen on the flood plain surrounding the Reno/Sparks Southeast Connector just south of the Sparks Industrial Complex and the Truckee River on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Photo: Jason Bean, Reno Gazette-Journal

A day after heavy rains and melting snow forced the Truckee River over its banks, hitting peak levels early Monday morning, residents and officials began assessing the damage left in its wake. Sparks received a harder blow than Reno, with waters running through the industrial area.

Other areas saw heavy runoff from ditches and canyons coursing down streets.

Most flooding in industrial Sparks had receded by the end of Monday, leaving behind a ghost town of boarded up docks and sandbagged garage doors punctuated by pools of knee-deep water.

The Truckee River did not flood downtown Reno as was predicted, but it did overflow into east Sparks and caused significant damage in Lockwood, where residents were under orders by Storey County to boil their water until the end of the day.

Drainage ditches, sloughs and floodplains throughout the region caused mayhem for homeowners and businesses in south Reno and outlying areas, too.