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Walker River Basin

December 1955

Rain/Rain-on-Snow Event

During an unseasonably warm period, several days of intense rainstorms partially melted the snowpack. Ten to 13 inches of rain fell in the headwater basin and the snow level reached 8,500 feet in elevation. The National Weather Service Yerington precipitation gage (4,377 ft) recorded over 3 inches of rain during the storm period. Locals nicknamed the December 1955 flood the "Christmas flood" (Rigby and others, 1998). Anecdotal information suggests flooding was limited to areas along the river. Floodwater was reported to be flowing over the top of the bridge on Bridge Street (A. Page, oral commun., 2013).

Selected Streamflow Peaks

Site ID Gaging Station Peak (cubic feet per second)
10289000 Virginia Creek near Bridgeport, CA 1,300
10289500 Green Creek near Bridgeport, CA 307
10291500 Buckeye Creek near Bridgeport, CA 700
10292000 Swauger Creek near Bridgeport, CA 585
10293500 East Walker River above Strosnider Ditch near Mason, NV 1,640
10295200 West Walker River at Leavitt Meadows near Coleville, CA 1,910
10295500 Little Walker River near Bridgeport, CA 994
10296000 West Walker River below Little Walker River near Coleville, CA 5,180
10300000 West Walker River near Hudson, NV 2,700


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