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NWS: Truckee River Could Flood like ‘Storm of the Century’ Back in 1955

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Alert by the NWS.

TRUCKEE–

A flood warning in effect from late Saturday morning to Monday warns that flood levels along the Truckee River could cause “major damage to homes,” along with destroying roads and bridges.

National Weather Service predictions say that water levels could reach near 8.2 feet by late Sunday morning. Flood stage is noted to be 4.5 feet, with 8 feet being the major damage level.

By Sunday evening, the water level is predicted to recede below flood level.

Areas in danger are said to be between Squaw Creek and Truckee. NWS notes that the flood could be like the “Storm of the Century” flood back in December of 1955. That storm lasted for 10 days, managing to flood Downtown Reno, as well as other areas down the Truckee River.

You can monitor flood levels online at http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/. As of Friday morning, the stage was 2.8 feet.