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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Carson River Basin

January 1874

Snow/Rain-on-Snow Event

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 two days (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973). 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.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

No hydrologic data available.


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