Reno remains under a flash flood watch after the city got more rain in an hour Wednesday night than it had received all year.
A thunderstorm that moved through Reno from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. dropped 1.22 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.
From January through July, Reno recorded 0.73 inches of precipitation — and, only three days in, it’s the city’s fourth wettest August on record. (The wettest, in 1965, got 1.65 inches.)
Several drivers had to be rescued when their cars became stranded in 2 feet of standing water on roads near the Reno airport, the city’s fire department said.
The flash flood watch in effect through Thursday evening covers Reno and a swath to the south on both sides of the Nevada-California line. The weather service advised particular vigilance in the burn scars of the Caldor, Tamarack and Slink fires.
A second flood watch, late Thursday night through Friday evening, has been called for an area farther south including the California communities of Bridgeport, Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes.
In California, Highway 89 is closed at Markleeville because of mud and debris flows that washed out part of the road. A flash flood emergency was declared for Markleeville and the rest of the Tamarack burn scar as heavy rain fell between 5:30 and 7:30 Wednesday evening. In urging all people in the area to seek higher ground and move out of burn areas, the weather service called it a “particularly dangerous situation.”
Source: Orange County Register