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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Toby Welborn
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Carson City, NV 89701

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Carson River Basin

January 1875

Snow/Rain-on-Snow Event

No recorded precipitation is available. Information is anecdotal. Heavy snow on January 16, 1875, accumulated 2 feet of snow in Carson and Eagle Valleys. The morning of January 18 the snow turned to rain, resulting in flooding on January 19, 1875 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973). Carson Valley was inundated through January 21, which resulted in unspecified damage to roads, bridges, and farm improvements, fields and pastures. Even though air temperatures lowered rapidly on January 19, the river through Carson and Eagle Valleys rose approximately six feet from noon on January 19 to 7:00 a.m. on January 20. Several streets in Carson City became flowing rivers of water from overflow of King's Canyon Creek, and businesses in Empire were flooded.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

No hydrologic data available.


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