Truckee River expected to flood near Truckee; evacuation plan put in place for residents

12:55 AM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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TRUCKEE, Calif. - An evacuation center for the city of Truckee has been set up by the American Red Cross and emergency agencies in case the Truckee River floods Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Truckee River near Truckee. It is scheduled to remain in effect from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

The Truckee River near Truckee reaches flood stage at 4.5 feet. According to the NWS, the river is expected to rise above flood stage by Sunday morning and continue to rise to almost 7.7 feet by late Sunday morning. The NWS predicts the river should fall below flood stage in the Truckee area by Sunday evening.

The Red Cross, Truckee, and the Nevada and Placer County Offices of Emergency Service has opened an evacuation center, Nevada County Emergency Services Program manager Victor Ferrera said. It is in the Administration Building of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District at 11603 Donner Pass Road and is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. and remain open as long as it is needed.

Emergency officials are advising residents, visitors and all motorists:

  • Not to drive a vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to cross safely
  • To pay special attention in areas beneath recent burn scars as these areas will be susceptible to debris flow
  • Residents in affected areas should take active precautions, monitor conditions closely and evacuate the area if needed

Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations near Truckee:

  • Old Squaw Valley fire station, 1810 Squaw Valley Road
  • North Tahoe Fire Station 52, 288 North Shore Blvd, Kings Beach (Intersection of Hwys 267 & 28)
  • Truckee: Truckee Fire Station 92, 11473 Donner Pass Road
  • Truckee Ranger Station parking lot, 10811 Stockrest Spring Rd

Sand and sandbags are also available at various locations throughout Placer County, Nevada County, and Truckee. For a complete listing, please visit the following website:

If you are in an area that may be affected by rising water, take the following steps:

Make an evacuation plan- what to take, where to go, how to stay in touch

  • If you think you might need to evacuate, go. If you delay, you will probably be trapped
  • No matter what happens, stay out of the water. Debris in flood runoff and high flows make it extremely dangerous to attempt to retrieve objects or rescue people
  • Stay calm, think clearly and be decisive
  • When in doubt, call 911 and ask for help


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