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WEST FORK CARSON RIVER - WOODFORDS (WOOC1)
Latitude: 38.77º NLongitude: 119.83º WElevation: 5755 Feet
Location: Alpine County in CaliforniaBulletin Group: Eastern SierraRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Issuance Time: May 23 2024 at 7:43 AM PDTNext Issuance: May 24 2024 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
2023*
1,940
14.02
May 19, 2023
2022*
1,180
13.51
Oct 25, 2021
2021*
241
11.56
May 7, 2021
2020*
615
12.70
Apr 30, 2020
2019*
1,140
13.42
Jun 7, 2019
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1938 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
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
 * Discharge affected to unknown degree by regulation or diversion
 ** Prior to November 1958, gage at two different datums at the same location.
 *** November 1958 to January 1963, gage 150 ft downstream. Datum change with a difference of +3.06 ft must be applied to data in this time range to convert to current datum.
 **** March 1997, gage moved 200 ft upstream using same datum.
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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.
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 35 to 45. Light winds.

Friday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 57 to 67. Light winds becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows 32 to 42. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs 58 to 68. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear. Lows 31 to 41. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs 65 to 75.

Sunday Night: Clear. Lows 39 to 49.

Memorial Day through Thursday: Clear. Highs 71 to 81. Lows 39 to 49.
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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.