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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Toby Welborn
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2730 N. Deer Run Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701

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Carson River Basin

December 1852

Snow/Rain-on-snow Event

No recorded precipitation is available. Information is anecdotal. This is the earliest record of flooding in Carson Valley since Genoa was established in 1851 by European settlers. On December 24, a heavy wet snow storm lasting 2 days resulted in 3 feet of snow on the valley floor, with substantially more at higher elevations. This was followed by 4 days of warm rains resulting in flooding on December 30, 1852 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973). Even though the flooding was extensive, little damage occurred because the settlements were located away from the low areas of the valley.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

No hydrologic data available.


No photos available.

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