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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Toby Welborn
Phone: (775) 887-7671


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

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Carson River Basin

January 1909

Rain-on-Snow Event

No recorded precipitation is available. Information is anecdotal. Heavy rains on January 5 and 6, and again on January 7 and 8, resulted in streams from King's, Ash, and Vicee Canyons to overflow, and caused localized flooding in Eagle Valley and Carson City. The next storm period started on January 12 with heavy snow, but by early morning on January 13 the snow changed to rain. Heavy winter rains occurred in Carson Valley from January 12 to January 15, 1909, as reported by the Gardnerville Record-Courier (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973). By daylight the 8 inches of snow on the ground melted and Clear Creek, Kings, Vicee, Coombs and Ash Canyons were overflowing. Much of this water flooded through Carson City, into the lower Eagle Valley meadows, forming a large lake from Stewart Indian School to the Nevada State Prison on the south, and to Empire on the north. One bridge was washed out on the Carson River.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

Site ID Gaging Station Peak (cubic feet per second)
10311500 Carson River near Empire, Nev. 2,930


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