Carson River Basin
Flooding resulted from a snowstorm that began on March 23 that soon turned to a rainstorm below an elevation of 8,000 feet on March 24 (Rigby and others, 1998). At times the rain was heavy, which resulted in melting much of the accumulated snowpack. The East and West Forks of the Carson River overflowed their banks in Carson Valley. Little damage occurred except for halting train service between Minden and Carson City when a temporary dam on the Carson River in the north end of Carson Valley broke and was washed away. The dam protecting the railroad grade broke, and about 400 feet of train track was covered with water, mud, and debris.
Selected Streamflow Peaks
|Site ID||Gaging Station||Peak (cubic feet per second)|
|10309000||East Fork Carson River near Gardnerville, Nev.||2,570|
|10312000||Carson River at Fort Churchill, Nev.||2,710|
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