SAN FRANCISCO Jan 5 A levee broke east of
Reno, Nevada, on Saturday following a strong winter storm and
flooded an estimated 800 homes, a Nevada Department of Public
Safety spokesman said.
A canal from the Truckee River near Fernley, 32 miles east
of Nevada's second-largest city Reno, experienced a
30-foot-wide (nine meters) breach at 4 a.m. local time (1200
GMT), spokesman Chuck Allen said.
Impacted houses in the lower-lying section of town stood in
three feet (one meter) of water after water spilled from the
150-foot-wide (45 meters), eight-foot-deep (2.4 meters) canal.
Officials in Fernley, an agricultural and suburban Reno
community of 21,000, were evacuating people to a local school.
Over the past day, an especially powerful storm hit
northern and central California as well as neighboring Nevada,
causing widespread power outages, downed trees and cutting off
some roads and air traffic.
(Reporting by Adam Tanner; Editing by Eric Beech)