Heavy Rain and Flooding Forecast for Lake Tahoe

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Stateline, Nevada – A massive “atmospheric river” is forecast to hit the Lake Tahoe Region on Sunday, Jan 8, and Monday, Jan. 9. Atmospheric river storms carry large amounts of water vapor out of tropical regions in a long and narrow region in the atmosphere—like a river—and result in significant rain or snow when they make landfall.

With heavy snowfall at lake level and in the mountains over the last few days, the warming temperatures and intense rainfall associated with this storm could cause serious flooding. Rainfall in the Lake Tahoe Basin could total 6 to 12 inches, with another atmospheric river storm forecast to arrive on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Residents should take steps now to prepare for the storms by stocking up on supplies, preparing for utility outages, staying informed, and clearing storm drains. Please drive safely if you must travel during times of heavy rainfall and do not attempt to cross flooded roads.

Free sandbags are available throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin at multiple locations:

  • North Tahoe Fire Station 53; 5425 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood
  • North Tahoe Fire Station 52; 288 North Shore Boulevard, Kings Beach
  • Department of Public Works Corp Yard; 2501 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
  • Department of Transportation Yard; 1121 Shakori Drive, Meyers
  • City Yard; 1160 Rufus Allen Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe
  • Fire Station 3; 2101 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe
  • Zephyr Cove Park; Upper Parking Lot, U.S. Highway 50 and Warrior Way

Polluted stormwater runoff from roads and urban areas heavily affects Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity and the heavy storms that are forecasted could result in sediment plumes in the lake. Water quality officials will be working with the public works agencies to manage flooding and sample for pollutants entering streams and Lake Tahoe throughout the storm event.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.

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