Truckee Residents Bracing for the Worst

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The Truckee River dropped today, but the big concern is tonight’s big storm.

While many vacation homes along the river were empty, others were prepping for tomorrow’s flood – where the river is expected to crest at 7.7 feet.

“The tractor will be moved out of the way of the flood and if it gets bad I will take the truck up there too,” said Shannon Ri-lley.

Ri-lley is not too worried about his home – which was built 4 feet above ground – but his garage is ground level, leading him to clear out his belongings and start laying sandbags.

“It will be three to four feet high in front of the garage doors. Same thing on the back then. Then we will lay a tarp over the wood.

Officials expect 20% to 30% less water than the flood of 1997. Still notices went out Friday warning families to prepare for flooding.

“If the river comes up over the banks we are used to it,” said Ri-lley. “It is not the first flood we have gone through.”

While many are willing to the weather the storm, word is getting out that may be a problem.

“We just have one car at the top of the highway and we have cleared out everything that we have down low. Just kind of going to wait it out,” said Alessandra.

Flood stage for the Truckee River is 4.5 feet. The river is expected to crest at 7.7 feet by 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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