Flood Preparations Update #4, City to Close Roads Sunday
Sparks, NV – To follow is the latest update from the City of Sparks on the expected flood event Sunday, January 8, 2017.
ROAD CLOSURES: The City is working with other jurisdictions and is anticipating to shut down roads leading into the industrial area at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8 to protect the safety of the public.
The road closures are currently limited to McCarran Boulevard between I-80 and Mill Street. Southbound off-ramp exits at Sparks Boulevard and Vista Boulevard will also be closed. The industrial area will be closed to the public from McCarran Boulevard east to Larkin Circle. Businesses should be well underway in preparing for a major flood event to this area and be prepared to leave the area by that time. Police and barricades will be in place preventing access.
“It’s imperative that if you have a business in the area, to take flood precautions now,” said Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Smith. “If you do not need to be in the area, please stay away from the City’s industrial zone to allow members of the public to prepare to protect their property.”
POSSIBLE RESIDENTIAL IMPACTS: While the City of Sparks is preparing for a flood event in the City’s industrial area, residents that reside along the corridor of Sparks Boulevard between Shadow Lane and Interstate 80 should consider taking precautions for flood water as well. The 2005 flood event brought some flooding to this area.
SANDBAG LOCATIONS: The City has a total of 6 sandbag stations operational. Two of which are in place around the clock. Sandbags will be provided. Please bring your own shovels.
- NEW LOCATION: 855 Linda Way, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 690 Kresge Lane (near Clark Pest Control), 24 Hours
- 704 Spice Islands Drive (Cottonwood Park), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 1455 Deming Way (near Graphic Design), 24 Hours
- 2255 Larkin Circle (near Silver State International), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 3300 Sparks Blvd. (Shadow Mountain Sports Complex), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
OTHER FLOOD SAFETY TIPS AND INFORMATION:
- The City has established a flood preparedness hotline for general flood information at 775-353-5555 that will be active from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 7 effective 9 a.m. Saturday, January 7.
- Residents are asked to help support the community by clearing storm drains and gutters of any debris and ice that may be near homes. This will help reduce the threat of flooding in the roadways.
- River conditions are becoming dangerous due to high and fast moving water. Please stay away from the River.
- The City strongly encourages all businesses in the industrial area to take steps to prevent possible flooding to their properties. Commercial businesses that handle any type of hazardous materials MUST take measures to store and secure containers and drums. If these items are not secured, they will float away creating greater danger and hamper recovery efforts.
- Official Hashtag, Media and the public are encouraged to ask questions and share information on social media by using the hashtag #NVFlood17.
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.