January 5, 2017
We begin this year with a FLOOD WARNING for Steamboat Creek and urge every one of our stakeholders that live adjacent to, or near by Steamboat Creek to prepare for flooding either over the weekend starting January 7th or early next week when predicted rains are starting to taper off.
Local forecasters are equating the coming storm and subsequent flooding to possibly be equal to 2005 events, and as we all know, Steamboat reached it's all time record high crest of 6.79 feet above flood stage during that flood. To monitor Steamboat Creek this National Weather Service Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service website might be helpful.
If this link does not work, type in the National Weather Service Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service, click and it will say "more information needed", click on arrow and scroll down to Reno NV, click on that. Scroll down to "waterways menu" and click on "Truckee River and tributaries". Next scroll down to "tributaries" and click on "Steamboat Creek at a glance", that is the last item on list. Next, click on "all" in the right column at the top, then click on "all" in left column at the top and then scroll down and click on "Make my river page". Right now the gauge shows the creek at about 2 feet. Flood stage is 4.5 feet and 2005 flood stage was at 6.79 feet. Scroll down to bottom of the page for "historical crests".
Everyone who lives in the Rosewood Lakes, Herons Landing, lower Hidden Valley, Hidden Meadows, areas around Rio Poco and the Alexander Ditch, adjacent to the Bella Vista Ranch, Double Diamond, Damonte Ranch in areas around Steamboat Creek, and on Pembroke need to make any advance preparation that might be needed and be prepared for worse than 2005 but less than 1997 (we hope). Also, if you have businesses in the Sparks industrial areas, we recommend preparation for flooding.
The reason you should be wary is that members of our Coalition have seen the preliminary 2D modeling that the Flood Project has done of the area with the Southeast Connector but without the flood project and there appear to be serious issues with flood elevations. We cannot get our hands on the data right now, it is not available to the public yet, but those who have seen it says that there should be increases in flood elevations. BE PREPARED.
Sand bag areas that near our flooding areas are (there are others but these are closest):
Call (775) 334-4636 to report flooding within the City of Reno
— Mira Loma Park @ 3000 South McCarran Blvdu
Sparks Locations (operational by NOON on Thursday, January 5, 2017)
Call (775) 353-2231 to report flooding within the City of Sparks
— Stanford Way (between Cal Lane & Greg Street)
— Kresge Lane (between Bergin Way & Watson)
— Cottonwood Park (777 Spice Island Way)
— Deming Way (just south of Kleppe Lane)
— Larkin Circle (in front of Pick-N-Pull)
Sandbags and shovels will be provided.
Washoe County Locations
Call (775) 328-2180 to report flooding within unincorporated Washoe County
— Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Ln, Reno (next to the Washoe County Animal Shelter)
— Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30 at 3905 Old Hwy 395, Washoe Valley
— Gander Ln and Eastlake Blvd in Washoe Valley (sand only)
— Paddlewheel and Andrew Lanes in Pleasant Valley
— Toll Rd and Geiger Grade
CLOSEST TO STEAMBOAT CREEK ARE:
Mira Loma Park
Washoe County Operations Yard at 3130 Longely next door to the Animal Shelter
Toll Rd and Geiger Grade
Paddlewheel and Andrews Lanes in Pleasant Valley
On a different note, we wanted to thank everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday to support our efforts to keep everyone informed of issues regarding the most important flood plain in the Truckee Meadows!
More to share at a later time.
Thank you and everyone be safe!