Flooding resulted from warm rain and winds that melted snow that had accumulated from the previous storm. A heavy, wet snowstorm started on January 20 and ended on January 22, leaving large amounts of snow in the mountains and valleys, followed by clear cold weather. On January 27, a warm south wind started, followed by heavy warm rain from January 28 and January 29. The warm winds and heavy rains melted the snowpack and ice from the earlier storm. No specific records describe the flooding in Carson Valley; however extensive flooding occurred in Eagle Valley and Carson City. Torrents of muddy water flowed down King's and Ash Canyon Creeks, and in Carson City, floodwaters flowed through Carson Street. Flooding caused damages at Empire and at the ore reduction mills in Carson River Canyon between Empire and Dayton.
Type of event: snow/rain-on-snow
No recorded precipitation is available. Information is anecdotal. A heavy, wet snowstorm started on January 20 and ended on January 22, 1874, followed by rain for the next two days (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973).
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973, Water and related Land Resources, Central Lahontan Basin, Carson River Subbasin, Nevada and California, Special Report: History of Flooding, Carson Valley and Carson City Watershed, U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Minden, NV. p. 62-63.
No Hydrologic Data available.
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