Downtown Reno, in the 1997 flood.

 

The New Year's Flood of 2006

 

 

 

 

Apparently the last really good flood that came through Reno was in 1997.  It was a terrible flood.  People were evacuated from the roofs of the casinos by helicopter, because the streets were literally unusable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water was flowing at a torrential 15,000 cubic feet per second during our flood this year, and even though it was pretty crazy, the flood of '97 is still the winner.

 

 

These shots were taken by the Pro's.  These are from the local newspaper - the Reno Gazette-Journal.  Very revealing pictures, these are.

 

 

Thank you, Reno Gazette-Journal photographers - For braving the event to bring us these riveting pictures.

 

 

Afterward...

 

 

These are a few pictures of downtown in the aftermath of the flood.  Please forgive the quality of some of these pictures.  With the water flowing so fast, and the untimely onset of night, the camera had a tough time deciding what it was actually supposed to focus on.. silly cameras thinkin' for themselves.. **muttering..**

 

 

 

In the foreground, you can see that the bushes have been squashed, and a massive pile of debris forms to the right of the center of the picture. Behind that, is the raging torrent of water that is currently the Truckee River.

 

This image is of the tide pool at Wingfield Park. The wide band of watter in the front is where the tide pool normally is. Usually, where the water is making the splash in the center, is where the small waterfall is that feeds into the tide pool. In the background, on the left of where the bleachers are, performances take place. That whole island was completely underwater. To the right of the bleachers is where our town Christmas tree is.

 

This is where the small side of the river lets into the tide pool. Ordinarily this water is flowing at about 1/10th this height. This is the route that people use to train for kayaking.

 

A little further up the same side of the river. This side is known as the smaller side. You can see the debris piled up on the right side of the river. Ordinarily there's a whole "beach"-like area where people bring their children, because the smaller side is the calmer side.

 

In the most foreground, you see an electrical box and a tree that didn't stand up well to the torrent of the river's rage. In the background, on the left, you can see the river raging along. Ordinarily this part of the river is little more than a few inches deep.

 

The thing lying across the ground is a light pole. It should be noted that there are two disrupted blocks of concrete. Those are actually part of the curving sidewalk that were uplifted and moved. For their size, and weight, they were moved quite a ways.. maybe 15 feet.

 

Here's a little bit better idea of the offset of these huge concrete slabs.

 

This is a view of the smaller side from futher up the river. The water is coming right up to the edge of the wall at the bottom of the picture. Ordinarily there's quite a bit of land to walk out on.

 

And this is the far 'up-river' side of the island. See where the small bushes are, in the center-ish area of the river? Those are actually trees. And ordinarily there's an island there too. Fairly small, it's totally underwater. The rocks in the foreground show where the river splits around the Wingfield Park island.

 

This is the larger side of the river, at the split. There are usually two waterfalls in this picture. The water height basically makes those gone. There's also an outcropping of rocks, by the snowy rocks on the far side of the river. It's also totally underwater.

 

This is the large side of the river, racing down the island to Arlington Bridge. When the flooding was occuring, the bridge was just barely not underwater.

 

This is the same are of the river, but from Arlingtone bridge. Ordinarily here you can see two waterfalls in the distance, and one more close. There's also usually a large rock that people jump off into the river. It's also totally underwater.

 

Another picture, from the same location. I wanted to include the rail of the bridge, for scale and relativity.

 

Goodness, this camera and I really really need to get a grip on the stabilize button. That aside, this is a picture of Arlington bridge (the one I was just standing on). When the flooding happened, it came up to the two white bars. Not that you'd know it, but those are actually just pipes that have a little snow on them. Thankfully, or you'd never see them!

 

This is a picture of the other side of the same place where the performances happen. Again, the whole area on the far side of the river was totally underwater.

 

A different angle from the same place.

 

The two block looking things are actually waist high on me. Ordinarily there's a whole extra landing of stairs, and then a riverbank. Yeah, go figure.

 

A little better shot, showing how the stairs just go off into the water.

 

A closer shot of the pilons. They really do stand waist high on me.

 

The shrubbery in the background is actually trees that have been pressed sideways. I particularly appreciated the effect of the water passing by so quickly had on the way that it looked. It's almost looks like an ocean shore to me.

 

 

 

 

 

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