The flooded Truckee River runs over Wingfield Park in downtown Reno, Nev., Dec. 31, 2005, after heavy rains hammered the area. Photo courtesy Liz Margerum, Reno Gazette-Journal
SACRAMENTO, CA - Two Northern California rivers - the uncontrolled Cosumnes River in the Sacramento Valley and the Truckee River flowing out of Lake Tahoe to Reno and Sparks - are the biggest concerns for officials keeping a close eye on water levels.
According to Bill Coyle, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources Flood Operations Center, other major rivers in the lower Sacramento Valley are in good shape in part because there is plenty of storage room available in the Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs they feed.
UPDATE: The U.S.Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Nimbus Dam into the lower American River due to weather conditions. Starting Friday night, the water release will be boosted from 1,800 cubic-feet per second (cfs) to 5,000 cfs. The river level will increase about 2 feet of elevation.
There are a few trouble spots: Highway 70 is off-limits in the Feather River Canyon because of a blocked culvert and water has flooded the highway.
Cottonwood Creek in Anderson near Redding has gone over its banks and is causing flooding.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Truckee. At 8:30 Friday morning the river level was 2.8 feet. Flood stage is 4.5 feet and NWS and water experts expect the river level to climb to near 8.2 feet by Sunday morning. That could cause flooding to roads and residences along Squaw Creek and Truckee.
According to the manager of the Office of Emergency Services in Nevada County, Vic Ferrara, they are coordinating with Placer County and Truckee to keep residents abreast of river conditions. Residents are receiving phone messages about the flood warning and times of warnings. Officials are most concerned with residents living along West River Street and nearby neighborhoods. There are sandbags available at Fire Station #92 at Donner Pass located at 10049 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
The American Red Cross is on also standby in case of evacuations and shelter needs, Ferrara said.
These links show water levels of major rivers in Northern California and creek levels in Sacramento County.
- Sacramento County sandbag distribution centers
- Modesto: Modesto Public Works yard, 501 N. Jefferson. Sandbags are also available outside the facility after regular work hours.
- Folsom: Fire Station 36 on Oak Avenue Parkway near Baldwin Dam Road. Also to the rear of City Hall near the radio tower. These are unmanned, self service locations.