South Lake Tahoe to stage neighborhood evacuation drill Thursday

The city of South Lake Tahoe and area law enforcement agencies will conduct a neighborhood evacuation drill Thursday morning.

The “Highlands Evacuation Drill”, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, will affect approximately 160 homes and about 270 residents, according to a city news release.

City officials encourage residents who wish to participate in the drill to do so by “evacuating” to the snow dump area at the end of Sierra Boulevard. A public information officer will be at the site along with members of the Red Cross, who will serve snacks.

On the day of the drill, residents of the Highlands neighborhood will receive a reverse 911 phone call, which will test the system. Evacuation maps for the entire city are available on the city’s website, www.cityofslt.us/Highlandmap.

Highlands neighborhood residents and visitors will have an opportunity to visit information booths and displays at the evacuation site.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy