With New Year's Eve fireworks postponed, flood watching turned into the prime passtime for visitors in downtown Reno on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. Photo courtesy Reno Gazette Journal
RENO, NV - A state of emergency is being declared in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County due to expected flooding as an intense storm packing heavy rain and strong winds sweeps through the area.
Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston says the Nevada National Guard, state Division of Forestry and other emergency disaster management and relief agencies are mobilizing.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning all along the Truckee River.
Kenneston says officials think flooding could be the worst in 25 years.
More than 40 sand bag locations have been set up for residents who bring shovels during the weekend.
Residents are also being told to collect flashlights, food, water, medications, batteries and other supplies to have on hand in case of power outages.
The Associated Press