East Fork Recedes Overnight, Main Stem Carson River Projected To Crest Below Flood Stage

Posted By on February 20, 2017

Staff Reports · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — 10 a.m. update — The National Weather Service says that the heavy rain has ended, but many small streams continue to see high flows in the region and are out of their banks. Also, flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas should continue through the morning.

“Showers will persist today and snow levels will begin to fall,” NWS forecasters said stated in their flood warning update at 4:30 a.m. “The falling snow levels and lack of widespread moderate or greater rain will allow many areas with minor flooding to see their flood waters slowly drain through the morning.”

Neither the Nevada Department of Transportation or Douglas County are reporting any road closures as of 7:30 a.m.

The East Fork of the Carson River in Gardnerville rose more than eight inches between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Monday, climbing to 12.91 feet before beginning to recede heading into the early morning hours of Tuesday.

It fell overnight to 12.09 feet  (more than a foot lower than flood stage) as of 7:30 a.m.

Further upstream from the Valley, the East Fork in Markleeville peaked at around 6 feet overnight before receding through the early morning hours. It registered at 4.96 feet at 7 p.m.

The West Fork flowing through Woodfords remained mostly steady at 2.5 feet below flood stage throughout the day Monday and overnight.

The depths of the main stem of the Carson entering  Carson City tend to run approximately 8-10 hours behind the rises and falls of the East Fork Gardnerville gauge. It was running at 6.85 feet as of 10:15 a.m. Flood stage there is 10 feet.

The National Weather Service projects the main stem to crest at 8.9 feet Tuesday evening.

The East Fork of the Carson River at Riverview Mobile Home Park south of Gardnerville.

A National Weather Service a wind advisory, effective through 4 p.m. Tuesday, calls for 55 mph gusts (65 mph in wind prone areas).

The NWS upgraded its flood watch to a flood warning Monday morning for urban areas, small streams farmland and pastures effective through 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.