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EAST FORK CARSON RIVER - GARDNERVILLE (GRDN2)
Latitude: 38.85º NLongitude: 119.70º WElevation: 4988 Feet
Location: Douglas County in NevadaBulletin Group: Eastern SierraRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Issuance Time: Mar 01 2024 at 2:21 PM PSTNext Issuance: Mar 02 2024 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 13.0 FeetFlood Stage: 14.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2022*
3,530
12.82
Oct 25, 2021
2021*
951
10.82
May 7, 2021
2020*
1,530
11.36
Apr 30, 2020
2019*
3,460
12.78
Jun 6, 2019
2018*
5,850
14.21
Apr 7, 2018
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Discontinuous 1890 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
1997*
20,300
13.00***
Jan 2, 1997
1956*
17,600
11.88***
Dec 23, 1955
1963*
13,400
10.45***
Feb 1, 1963
1951*
12,100
9.66***
Nov 21, 1950
 * Discharge affected to unknown degree by regulation or diversion
 ** Prior to May 1939, several gage locations and datums within 2 miles of present location.
 *** May 1939 to July 2001, gage location 300 ft downstream. Datum change with the difference +2.57 ft needing to be applied to all data in time range to convert to current datum.
 **** July 2001 to January 2012, gage location 900 feet downstream with the same datum.
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Impacts - E19 Information
13.0 FeetMonitor stage. Near Bank full, no flooding occurring. Residents along the river should prepare for flooding if additional rises due to snowmelt and/or rainfall runoff occur. Flood prone areas include Washoe Tribe Reservation, Carson Valley Country Club, Glenwood Dr, Riverview Dr, Centerville Rd, NV Highway 88, Westwood Village, Rocky Slough, Dresslerville Rd, Waterloo and Mottsville Lanes.
13.5 FeetLowest portions of Carson Valley begin to have flood threat. The most flood prone areas include the Washoe Tribe Reservation, Carson Valley Country Club, Glenwood Drive, Riverview Drive, Centerville Road, NV Hwy 88, Westwood Village, Rocky Slough, Dresslerville Road, Waterloo and Mottsville Lanes.
14.0 FeetFlood Stage. Minor lowland flooding in Carson Valley. Low-lying roads, bridges, and drainage structures begin to sustain minor damage. Cottonwood Slough begins to flood Lampe Park. Flood prone areas include Washoe Tribe Reservation, Carson Valley Country Club, Glenwood Dr, Riverview Dr., Centerville Ln., NV Highway 88, Westwood Village, Rocky Slough, Waterloo and Mottsville Lanes. Possible impacts to south bound Highway 395 lanes north of Stephanie Way.
14.5 FeetMinor flooding in Carson Valley with some outbuildings, roads, and bridges in lower portions of Minden, Gardnerville, Centerville, Washoe Tribe Reservation and Genoa flooded. Highway 395 lane closures north of Stephanie Way possible.
15.0 FeetMinor flooding in Carson Valley with some mobile home communities, outbuildings, many roads, and bridges in lower portions of Minden, Gardnerville, Centerville, Washoe Tribe Reservation and Genoa flooded. Lane closures on Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way likely. Similar level to 2/2017 flood.
15.5 FeetModerate flood damage in Carson Valley area. Flooding starts to impact homes, businesses, schools, transportation, communication, and water and power systems. Closure of Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way likely.
16.0 FeetModerate flood damage in Carson Valley. Some homes, business, schools, roads, and bridges in lower portions of Minden, Gardnerville, Centerville, Genoa, and Washoe Tribe Reservation flood. Moderate flood impacts to transportation, communication, and water and power systems. Highway 395 closure north of Stephanie Way likely. Flood level similar to January 2017 event.
16.5 FeetMajor flooding in Carson Valley with significant damage. East Fork of Carson River feeds Rocky, Cottonwood, Martin, and Henninson Sloughs, which flood low portions of Minden/Gardnerville near downtown causing damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, including prolonged impacts to Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way, communication, and water and power systems significantly affected.
17.0 FeetMajor flooding in Carson valley with significant damage. The East Fork of the Carson River feeds Rocky, Cottonwood, Martin, and Henningson Sloughs which flood portions of Minden/Gardnerville near downtown, causing damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Major effects to transportation, communication, and water and power systems.
17.5 FeetMajor flooding in Carson valley with significant damage. The East Fork of the Carson River feeds Rocky, Cottonwood, Martin, and Henningson Sloughs which flood portions of Minden/Gardnerville downtown areas, causing damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Major effects to transportation, communication, water and power systems.
18.0 FeetWidespread flood damage in Carson Valley. Extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected. Massive bank and channel erosion capable of sweeping away buildings, roads, and vehicles.
18.5 FeetWidespread flood damage in Carson Valley. Extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected. Potential for major bank and channel erosion capable of sweeping away buildings, roads, and vehicles.
19.0 FeetWidespread flood damage in Carson Valley. Extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected. Massive bank and channel erosion capable of sweeping away buildings, roads, and vehicles.
19.5 FeetNear Record Flooding. All roads in and out of Carson Valley flooded. Extensive damage to homes businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected. Massive bank and channel erosion capable of sweeping away buildings, roads, and vehicles. Roughly similar to January 1997 event.
20.0 FeetRecord Flooding. All roads in and out of Carson Valley flooded. Large portion of Carson Valley under water. Extensive damage to homes businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected. Massive bank and channel erosion capable of sweeping away buildings, roads, and vehicles. Similar to, or in excess of, January 1997 event.
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (NVZ003)
Tonight: Snow and rain in the evening, then heavy snow after midnight. Areas of blowing snow through the night. Snow level 5000 feet lowering to the valley floor. Snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches with 4 to 10 inches above 5000 feet. Lows 24 to 29. Southwest winds 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph.

Saturday: Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Heavy snow likely in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Highs 34 to 39. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 65 mph decreasing to 50 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Snow showers in the evening, then numerous snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches. Lows 20 to 25. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs 35 to 40. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Isolated snow showers in the evening. Lows 21 to 26. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

Monday: Breezy. Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 40 to 45.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 23 to 28.

Tuesday and Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs 43 to 48. Lows 25 to 30.

Wednesday and Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Highs 42 to 47. Lows 22 to 27.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers. Highs 40 to 45.

Thursday Night and Friday: Clear. Lows 14 to 24. Highs 42 to 47.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS Reno Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.