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Flooding forecast for weekend

While a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service raised visions of the Flood of '97, those with experience say this weekend could be more like 2005.

"It sounds like a potential 2005 flood event Sunday night going into Monday from what the Weather Service is sharing," East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said on Wednesday.

The county is preparing by providing people with sand and bags in case they have high water.

The fourth atmospheric river this season is expected to produce intense rainfall and warm temperatures.

Rainfall totals of 6-12 inches are possible around the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Carson Range, with up to 3 inches of rain in Carson Valley.

That runoff will cause the Carson and Truckee rivers to rise, though how much is uncertain.

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With as much as 4 inches of rain falling north of Genoa during this week's storm, saturated soils will lead to excessive run-off, forecasters say.

"Creeks, streams, urban areas, farmland and recent burn scars are the most susceptible to flooding," according to Weather Service forecasters. "Excessive rainfall may also generate rock and mud slides in steep terrain."

Mono County authorities are warning residents to use today's break in the weather to stock up on water, food and other provisions.

"If the weather comes in as predicted, travel should be limited to emergencies only," Mono County spokeswoman Amber Wels said. "People already in Mono County should stay home if at all possible, and travelers coming into Mono County should postpone their travel until the weather has passed."

The 2005 flooding took place New Year's Eve and saw the East Fork of the Carson River reach flood stage early that morning.

Bridges on Mottsville, Centerville, Genoa and Muller lanes were all closed as a result of the flooding, as was Cradlebaugh Bridge on Highway 395 when the river jumped its banks.

Damage in the 2005 flood was estimated at $500,000.

SANDBAG FILL SITES

Here is the current list of public sandbag fill sites within Douglas County, including one site at the lake located at the Zephyr Cove Park.

Sheridan Fire Station East Fork Fire District Warehouse

980 Sheridan Lane 941 Mitch Drive

Genoa Fire Station Zephyr Cove Park

2298 Main Street Hwy 50/Warrier Way

Jacks Valley Fire Station Fish Springs Fire Station

3450 Jacks Valley Road 2249 Fish Springs Road

Ruhenstroth Fire Station Johnson Lane Fire Station

2008 Pinto Circle 1450 Stephanie Lane

Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center

4001 Carter Drive