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Truckee braces for major flooding as storms pound Northern California

With another storm system making its way into California Saturday night, residents in the small town of Truckee near Lake Tahoe were bracing for major flooding and possible evacuations.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Truckee River near the town of about 16,000 from late Saturday night into Monday morning. Forecasters say the Truckee River will crest its banks at around 5 feet by early Sunday morning; the river is predicted to continue to rise to 8 feet by the end of the day. That could cause widespread damage to roads, bridges and homes along the river between Squaw Creek and Truckee.

The last time the town faced a similar flood was in December 1955, forecasters say.

The threat of flooding has prompted city and county officials to organize evacuation plans.

Officials have set up an evacuation center at the Administration Building of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, according to the Truckee Police Department.

The center will open at 6 a.m. Sunday and will stay open as long as needed, authorities say. The Red Cross will provided updated storm information and supplies.

Updates on the evacuation center can be obtained by calling (855) 212-1866.

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