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Latitude: 38.38º NLongitude: 119.45º WElevation: 6591 Feet
Location: Mono County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Issuance Time: Jan 20 2019 at 8:31 AM PSTNext Issuance: Jan 21 2019 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 5.5 FeetFlood Stage: 6.0 Feet
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
 Most Recent 5 Years
Jun 20, 2017
Jun 8, 2016
Jun 11, 2015
May 26, 2014
May 13, 2013
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Apr 1938 to Present)
Jan 02, 1997
Nov 20, 1950
Dec 11, 1937
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ073)
Tonight: Snow, rain and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then snow after midnight. Snow level 6500 feet lowering to the valley floor. Snow accumulation of 1 to 5 inches with 7 to 13 inches above 7000 feet. Lows 16 to 26. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 55 mph decreasing to 35 mph after midnight. Ridge gusts up to 85 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr Day: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs 29 to 39. West winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to northwest 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts up to 85 mph decreasing to 70 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming clear. Lows 4 to 14. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Ridge gusts up to 75 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny. Highs 35 to 40. Northwest winds around 10 mph in the morning becoming light. Ridge gusts up to 70 mph decreasing to 50 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Clear. Lows 12 to 22. Light winds.

Wednesday: Sunny. Highs 44 to 54.

Wednesday Night: Clear. Lows 14 to 24.

Thursday through Sunday: Clear. Highs 43 to 53. Lows 15 to 25.
Impacts - E19 Information
5.5 FeetMonitoring stage. No flooding. Max diversion to Topaz ~1300 cfs, rest goes downstream to Smith Valley. If Topaz is releasing...flow at Wellington will be Topaz release plus amount going down West Walker below diversion. Reach: W Walker River Canyon; lower Antelope Valley from W Walker River mouth to Topaz Lake including Walker/Coleville/Topaz; Smith Valley including Smith and Wellington; Mason Valley including Yerington. Approximately 2400 cfs.
6.0 FeetFlood Stage. Some minor flooding of lowlands...pastures and rural roads. Maximum diversion to Topaz Lake is about 1300 cfs...remainder goes down the West Walker to Smith Valley/Wellington. If Topaz is releasing...flow at Wellington will be Topaz release plus amount going the West Walker below the Topaz diversion. Approximately 3000 cfs.
6.6 FeetMinor to moderate flooding of lowlands...pastures and some rural roads along river from Walker to Topaz Lake. Moderate flooding on the lower West Walker (Smith Valley/Wellington) and mainstem Walker (Mason Valley/Yerington). Some sandbagging of structures likely in the Mason Valley/Yerington area. Approximately 3800 cfs with a 1 in 10 chance of occurring any given year.
7.0 FeetSignificant flooding of lowlands, agricultural land, yards, basements, rural roads. Flooding of structures limited in Antelope and Smith Valleys, although sandbagging necessary. Structure flooding significant in Mason Valley/Yerington on mainstem with much sandbagging. Approximately 4500 cfs with a 1 in 15 chance of occurring any given year. In July 1995, several homes and businesses flooded in the Smith/Mason Valleys, thousands of acres of farmland flooded, and levees overtopped.
7.3 FeetMajor flooding through reach and in Mason Valley and Yerington. Many buildings, roads flooded/washed out, major damage to agricultural lands, much sandbagging. Transportation affected. Severe damage to Highway 395 in W Walker Canyon. Approximately 5000 cfs with a 1 in 20 chance of occurring any given year.
7.9 FeetFlooding near disaster levels through reach and Mason Valley/Yerington. Numerous structures flooded, roads washed out, many sections of Highway 395 destroyed in W Walker Canyon. Major damage to agricultural land due to erosion and destroyed facilities (diversion dams, headgates, canals, levees). Approximately 6100 cfs with a 1 in 35 chance of occurring any given year.
8.25 FeetFlood disaster along entire reach...from W Walker River Canyon to Smith/Mason valleys. Widespread flood damage to and structures along river. Severe damage to Highway 395 in Walker Canyon...and NV state route 208 in Smith Valley/Wilson Canyon. These highways likely closed. Approximately 6800 cfs with a 1 in 50 chance of occurring any given year. Historically this flow has been reached or exceeded only twice...December 1937 and January 1997.
8.8 FeetFlood disaster from Walker River Canyon to Antelope Valley/Topaz Lake...Smith Valley/Wellington and Mason Valley/Yerington. Widespread flood damage to and structures along river. Severe damage to Highway 395 in W Walker River Canyon and NV Highway 208 in Smith Valley/Wilson Canyon. These highways probably closed. Approximately 8200 cfs with a 1 in 100 chance of occurring any given year. Historically this flow has been exceeded only once...January 1997.
9.5 FeetNear record flooding. Area cut off as most transportation routes into area destroyed/flooded. Massive destruction of infrastructure/economy including power, roads, business, water, homes, etc. Approximately 10,000 cfs with a 1 in 200 chance of occuring in any given year.
10.25 FeetFlood of record. Highway 395 in W Walker River Canyon closed for months. Massive destruction to infrastructure and economy including transportation, power, water, homes, businesses, etc. Area isolated. At this stage, 6.5 mile stretch of Highway 395 completely scoured with debris from canyon deposited in the town of Walker. Approximately 12,500 cfs with a 1 in 500 chance of occurring in any given year.
10.5 FeetIncredible flood disaster previously unknown. Greater than 13,000 cfs.
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