The lingering drought has drained Lake Tahoe below its natural rim for the first time in 5 years, cutting off the flow of the Truckee River.
It has been a tense couple of days for residents in Truckee. Some even had sand bags ready Saturday night and their eye on the river Sunday.
A National Weather Service hydrologist says a powerful storm is colder than expected and is bringing more snow and less rainfall than forecast, blunting the flooding danger on the Truckee River.
People living near the Truckee River are bracing themselves for what’s predicted to come. It’s big, powerful, and soon the river will come knocking.
The bank of the Truckee River was moving quickly Friday night. Although it wasn’t near a flood stage, by Sunday morning, the river may rise four feet.
A major flood warning is in effect on Truckee River. It’s forecast that the river will rise to 8.2. feet and cause damage to homes and bridges.