LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Northern Nevada authorities are canceling Christmas celebrations and piling up sandbags in anticipation of pounding rain and widespread flooding over the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the length of the Truckee River. Meteorologist Brian Brong said such warnings are seen in Nevada only once or twice every decade.
Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Magruder said Nevada residents should also look out for falling rocks and mudslides. He said motorists could encounter large boulders on the mountain roads.
Authorities have postponed weekend Christmas parades and tree lightings in Sparks and Truckee, across the California border.
Reno spokeswoman Michele Anderson said public servants would be working overtime through the weekend to control what is expected to be the worst flooding in that town since 2005.