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December 1, 2012
Residents warned of Truckee River flood danger

By Barbara Barte Osborn

Bee Correspondent

TRUCKEE -- Emergency service officials in Placer and Nevada counties are warning residents living near the Truckee River of flood danger late this evening (Saturday) through Sunday.

People living in low-lying areas, especially in Truckee and along Highway 89 South, are being advised to take active precautions and monitor the conditions closely through media outlets and the Town of Truckee website: townoftruckee.com.

Flooding and damage to homes in low-lying areas along the river is possible and residents should be ready to evacuate if needed.

Placer County has created a storm information page that will be updated as information becomes available: http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CEO/Emergency/StormsNov2012.aspx.

Sandbags are available at Truckee Fire Station 92 on Donner Pass Road next to Truckee High School, at the Northstar and Squaw Valley fire stations, the North Tahoe Fire Station in Kings Beach and the Truckee Ranger District office.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the river will reach near 8 feet between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday along Highway 89 and near the Placer/Nevada County line.


Flood stage for this portion of the river is 4.5 feet, according to the Placer County public information office.

Up to 7 inches of rainfall is possible along and west of Highway 89, the office said.

Motorists are warned not to drive into areas where water covers the roadway and to pay special attention in areas beneath recent burn scars, which could experience mudslides.

Officials advise residents living in an area that may be affected by rising water to 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 rescue people or retrieve objects.

• Stay calm, think clearly and be decisive. When in doubt, call 911 and ask for help.

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