Mottsville Lane Closed Due To Water Over The Roadway

Posted By on May 4, 2017

Staff Reports · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Friday, 7 a.m. update — Increased snowmelt throughout the week at higher elevations has brought with it across-the-board rises on local streams, ditches and sloughs, as well as all points on the Carson River.

Water entered the roadway on Mottsville Lane Wednesday and continued to cover a significant amount of the road throughout Thursday.

The road was closed down at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

The road serves as the main route between Highway 88 and Kingsbury Grade.

Mottsville Lane at 11 a.m. Thursday. Photo by John Humphrey

The Carson River reached new peaks early Friday morning for the latest series of swells following a sunny and warm Thursday in the region.

The East Fork in Markleeville topped out around 7.3 feet (roughly eight inches below flood stage) earlier this morning — exceeding National Weather Service projections of 6.9 feet — and was running at 7.07 feet as of 6 a.m.

The West Fork through Woodfords rose to within four inches of flood stage overnight, keeping in line with NWS projections, and drew back to 13.51 feet (roughly six inches below flood stage on that area of the river) as of 6 a.m.

The East Fork through Gardnerville rose to 13.13 feet overnight — roughly 3 inches below flood stage on that portion of the river — before dropping back down to 12.98 feet.

The main stem of the river, which flows between Genoa and Carson City and crosses under Highway 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge, rose to 6.5 feet — below the NWS projections — as of the 6 a.m. reading. The NWS projects it will rise another foot in the coming days and crest 5 or 6 inches below monitoring stage before falling off as a light rain storm passes through the region on Saturday and Sunday.

The forecast for Friday is for sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees.

Check back for updates.