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WEST FORK CARSON RIVER - WOODFORDS (WOOC1)
Latitude: 38.77º NLongitude: 119.83º WElevation: 5755 Feet
Location: Alpine County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Issuance Time: May 25 2019 at 9:07 AM PDTNext Issuance: May 26 2019 at 9:00 AM PDT
Monitor Stage: 12.5 FeetFlood Stage: 13.5 Feet
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2017
2,380
14.16
May 5, 2017
2016
539
12.52
May 14, 2016
2015
547
12.43
Feb 9, 2015
2014
262
11.56
Apr 20, 2014
2013
464
12.21
Dec 2, 2012
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1938 to Present)
1997
8,100
15.36
Jan 01, 1997
1963
4,890
9.00
Feb 01, 1963
1956
4,810
8.86
Dec 23, 1955
1938
3,500
8.00
Dec 11, 1937
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Today: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Snow level 8000 to 8500 feet. Highs 50 to 60. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Snow level 8000 to 8500 feet. Lows 31 to 41. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 60 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Showers likely in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Snow level 7000 feet. Snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Highs 39 to 49. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night: Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Snow level 7000 feet. Lows 25 to 30. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow level 7000 feet rising to 8500 feet. Highs 46 to 56. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 29 to 39.

Tuesday and Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 54 to 64. Lows 30 to 40.

Wednesday through Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 57 to 67. Lows 31 to 41.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 32 to 42.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 59 to 69.
Impacts - E19 Information
12.5 FeetMonitoring Stage. No flooding occurs. However, residents along the West Fork Carson River should be prepared for flooding if there are additional rises expected due to snowmelt and/or rainfall runoff.
13.5 FeetFlood Stage. Minor flooding begins in lowest areas along the West Fork Carson River in southwest Carson Valley including agricultural areas, local roads, and outbuildings. Impacts will be more significant if heavy rain and/or snowmelt cause significant rises in small creeks draining the east side of the Carson Range below Woodfords. Possible lane closures on Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way if combined with flood flows on the East Fork. Similar to peak to February 2017 event.
14.0 FeetMinor flooding in the southwestern Carson Valley between Centerville and Genoa, impacting agricultural areas, local roads, and outbuildings. Impacts will be more significant if heavy rain and/or snowmelt cause significant rises in small creeks draining the east side of the Carson Range below Woodfords. Possible lane closures on Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way if combined with flood flows on the East Fork. Similar peak level to January 2017 event and May 2017 peak snowmelt.
14.5 FeetModerate flooding in southwest Carson Valley between Centerville and Genoa, with some damage to homes and businesses. Many local roads flooded in this area. Minor to moderate flooding in Alpine County, California, near Woodfords and Paynesville. Lane or road closures on Highway 395 north of Stephanie Way likely if combined with flood flows on the East Fork. Similar peak level to December 2005 event.
15.0 FeetMajor Flooding. Substantial damage to homes, businesses, schools, and property in south Carson Valley from Centerville to Genoa. Many local roads flood including Centerville, Mottsville, and Muller Lanes. Interruption of power, communications, and water systems. Major flooding also in Alpine County, California, near Woodfords and Paynesville. CA Highways 89 and 88, and NV Highway 88 flood. Downstream Hwy 395 floods.
15.5 FeetDisastrous, record flooding along entire reach of West Fork Carson River in both Alpine County, California, and Douglas County, Nevada. Extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, bridges, and irrigation systems. Communications, power, and transportation systems severely disrupted. Many highways, roads, and bridges impassable. Roughly Similar peak level to January 1997 event.
16.0 FeetRecord, disastrous flooding previously unknown on entire West Fork Carson River in southwest Douglas County, Nevada, and eastern Alpine County, California. Extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, roads, bridges,water, and irrigation systems. Power, communications, and transportation systems severely affected. Most highways and bridges flooded or washed out. Exceeds record 1/1/1997 flood.
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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.