Carson River Basin
The winter storm period lasted from January 20 through January 23, 1943. Heavy rain followed by snow and then rain again caused flooding along the East and West Forks of the Carson River, and the main-stem. By January 21, several bridges along the East Fork Carson River were washed out, and the West Fork had damaged a road south and west of Minden. Some roads within the Carson Valley were damaged. On January 22, a mile of US Highway 395 both north and south of Cradlebaugh Bridge was under water. The National Weather Service (NWS) Minden precipitation gage recorded a total of 4.73 inches over the three days with the highest amount of precipitation at 2.32 inches on January 21, 1943 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973).
Selected Streamflow Peaks
|Site ID||Gaging Station||Peak (cubic feet per second)|
|10309000||East Fork Carson River near Gardnerville, Nev.||5,420|
|10312000||Carson River near Fort Churchill||6,300|
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