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Flood Preparations Update #3, City of Sparks Declares Emergency, now 6 sandbag locations

Sparks, NV – In light of the imminent danger of a substantial flood event, the City has declared a state of emergency.  The declaration enables the City to mobilize resources quicker with additional support from Washoe County and the State if required to respond to a flood event. 

Additionally, the City continues to prepare for a storm event that is projected to bring substantial flooding to the City and region, now commencing around Noon Sunday into Monday morning, targeting the Sparks’ industrial area.  Some areas could see flood water as high as 9 feet.  This area is generally defined as south of Interstate 80, north of the Truckee River, between Vista Boulevard to the east, and US 395 to the west.  Also included is a corridor south of Prater Way, between Sparks Boulevard and Vista Boulevard. Confidence remains high on weather and flood projections

It is anticipated the City will shut down roads leading into the industrial area as early as Sunday to protect the safety of the public.  Businesses should be well underway in preparing for a major flood event to this area.


The City has a total of 6 sandbag stations operational, with an additional site at Shadow Mountain.  Two of which are in place around the clock.  Sandbags will be provided.  Please bring your own shovels.

  1. 3 South Stanford Way (near Fly High Trampoline Park), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  2. 690 Kresge Lane (near Clark Pest Control), 24 Hours
  3. 704 Spice Islands Drive (Cottonwood Park), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  4. 1455 Deming Way (near Graphic Design), 24 Hours
  5. 2255 Larkin Circle (near Silver State International), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  6. 3300 Sparks Blvd. (Shadow Mountain Sports Complex)

Other Flood/Safety Tips:

The City strongly encourages all businesses in the industrial area to take steps to prevent possible flooding to their properties.  Commercial businesses that handle hazardous materials should take measures to secure containers and drums. 

River conditions are becoming dangerous due to high and fast moving water.  Please stay away from the River.

A map of the City of Sparks Sandbag Stations, along with a tutorial video on how to fill sandbags can be found here.  Additionally, other resources and maps of flood inundation levels at 20 feet up to 24 feet (projection only) is included.