Flood Watch

Flood Watch Issued for Douglas County
Posted on 10/22/2021
Flood Watch Issued for Douglas County

Flood Watch Issued for Douglas County

Properties located near burned areas from wildfires at an increased risk

Minden, Nevada- A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service Reno NV for late Saturday October 23, 2021 through the morning on Monday October 25, 2021.  The affected areas include Greater Lake Tahoe Area, Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area, Stateline, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Gardnerville, South Lake Tahoe, Markleeville, and Verdi.

Flood Watch Concerns include:

  • Heavy rainfall from an atmospheric river will move into the region Saturday night and may continue into Monday morning. High snow levels will lower to near 6000 feet sometime Monday.
  • Debris flows, ash flows, rock falls, and tree falls are possible, especially on or near burn scars and steep terrain. This includes the Tamarack, Caldor, and Numbers burn scars.
  • Rises on small creeks and streams are expected, equipment in and near river and creek channels should be moved to safety. Rock falls in canyons and ponding of water on roads will create hazardous driving conditions, especially along Interstate 80 between Truckee and Reno. Localized urban flooding is also possible.


  • Residents should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
  • Residents should prepare for the possibility of road closures, and moving fire debris due to flooding.

Douglas County currently has the following self-fill sandbag stations at the following locations:

(Please Look for East Fork Fire Sand Depository Box, signage will be visible)

  • Johnson Lane Fire Station, 1450 Stephanie Way, Minden, NV 8423
  • Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Rd., Gardnerville, NV 89410
  • Ruhenstroth Fire Station, 2008 Pinto Circle, Gardnerville, NV 89410
  • Sheridan Fire Station, 980 Centerville Ln, Gardnerville, NV 89460
  • Turn right onto Leviathan Mine Rd, (On the right-hand side of the road near the water tower, (Inside Fenced Area)
  • Holbrook Highlands, off of Highland Way- (A quarter mile down the road, turn right onto Alba Vista at the end of the cul-de-sac.)

For the full flood alert click here.

For more information about flooding after a fire click on the links below:

Flood After Fire: the risk

National Weather Service: Risk of Flash Flooding and Debris Flows.

Road Closure Information

Please refer to: