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Reno flood dangers pass; Sierra rain turned snow

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

"It was wet and heavy, but it stuck together and glued to the mountain and stayed there, rather than flowing into the river. I think that really helped a lot."

As a result, residents and businesses were taking down the walls of sandbags and most ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra were celebrating 3.5 feet of new snow over a five-day period.

"You just never know how these storms are going to play out," said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. "But Mother Nature cooperated and we've got new snow on the mountains."

In Reno, city officials said the man that may have been swept away in the Truckee River on Sunday was a 51-year-old homeless man who had been camping in the area with another homeless man.

The second man identified the missing man as William Paul Clark. He told authorities Clark was climbing a tree when the limb broke and he fell into the cold, rushing water after 6 p.m. Sunday, city officials said in a statement Monday.

Reno Fire Department officials resumed a search in the area on Monday while the Sparks Fire Department searched the river east of there and Washoe County officials searched even further east near Lockwood.