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Nevada Water Science Center

Nevada Flood Chronology


Contact Information

Toby Welborn
Phone: (775) 887-7671


Mailing Address
Nevada Water Science Center
2730 N. Deer Run Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701

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Carson River Basin

February 1986

Rain/Rain-on-Snow Event

Light rain began February 12, 1986, becoming heavy on February 15 and diminishing by the 20th. The National Weather Service (NWS) Minden precipitation gage reported 5.14 inches of rain. Flooding in Carson Valley caused closure of one bridge on Highway 395. Deterioration of a tributary dam near Dayton during the storm caused temporary evacuation for about 200 residents. Carson River washed away Weeks Bridge on U.S. Highway 95 Alternate.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

Site ID Gaging Station Peak (cubic feet per second)
10309000 East Fork Carson River near Gardnerville, Nev. 7,380
10311000 Carson River near Carson City, Nev. 13,200
10312000 Carson River near Fort Churchill, Nev. 16,600


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