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Sparks Flood Preparations Update #5, Some Roads Closed Now, 7th Sandbag site operational

Sparks, NV – To follow is the latest update from the City of Sparks on the expected flood event Sunday, January 8, 2017.

FLOOD PREPARNESS HOTLINE:

The City has established a flood preparedness hotline for general flood information at 775-353-5555 that will be active until 6 p.m. today, and again beginning 6 a.m. tomorrow for a 24-hour period.  The public can also dial 211 for regional flood information.

ROAD CLOSURES: 

Currently, Kleppe Lane between Meredith Way and Greg Street is closed until further notice.

Road closure will be in place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at 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.

SANDBAG LOCATIONS:

The City has a total of 7 sandbag stations operational.  Two of which are in place around the clock.  Sandbags are provided.  Please bring your own shovels.

  1. 855 Linda Way, 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), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  7. NEW LOCATION: 2910 N. Truckee Lane (Shelly Park), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

RIVER PATH CLOSED:

The river path along the Truckee River, from Fisherman’s Park east to its termination, is closed.  Please stay off the river path.

SPARKS MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSED MONDAY:

The Court (1450 C Street) will be closed on Monday.  Please contact the court on Tuesday to re-scheduled any court appearances or pay fines. 353-2286.

OTHER FLOOD SAFETY TIPS AND INFORMATION:

  • Sparks High School (820 15th St.) will be open later this afternoon for shelter. Wooster High School is open now.  The American Red Cross is operating the shelter and can be reached at 856-1000.
  • Golden Eagle Regional Park has been made available as a location for businesses that need to relocate and temporarily store trucks and equipment. The lot will be unattended.
  • Stay out of flooded areas until water recedes and public safety officials deem the area safe to enter. The public must stay out of flood waters.  The potential for open manhole covers presents a serious danger.
  • 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, cold, 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.

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