Flood warning issued for Topaz Lake area
May 24, 2018
A flood warning is in effect for the Slinkard Fire burn area near Topaz Lake.
A storm cell was expected to arrive with heavy rain over the burn area.
“Debris and mud flows are expected to being within minutes after rain develops, moving quickly downhill toward Highway 395 and Topaz Lake,” a warning issued at 4:30 p.m. said.
Forecasters cautioned residents to move away from recently burned area, as life-threatening flooding of creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely.
“The heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain.”
The warning was in effect until 6:30 p.m.
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The National Weather Service reported thunderstorms were developing the in Sierra above the burn, which could bring heavy rainfall through late afternoon.
Forecasters said most of the activity could push north by 5 p.m.
"Short bursts of high intensity rainfall could lead to more debris and mudflows onto Highway 395 near Topaz Lake and the California-Nevada Stateline," forecasters said in a 1 p.m. statement. "This can happen with little or no warning, so be prepared for this flood scenario anytime it rains hard in the watch area."
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Alpine and Douglas counties for severe thunderstorms located near Topaz Lake moving north at 10 mph. The National Weather Service said the storm had 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.
Forecasters said hail damage to vehicles was possible from the storm.