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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: Oct 31 2020 at 7:38 AM PDTNext Issuance: Nov 01 2020 at 9:00 AM PST
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
2019*
1,140
13.42
Jun 7, 2019
2018*
2,750
14.38
Apr 7, 2018
2017*
2,380
14.16
May 5, 2017
2016*
539
12.52
May 14, 2016
2015*
547
12.43
Feb 9, 2015
 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
 * 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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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Tonight: Clear. Lows 23 to 33. Light winds.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs 62 to 72. Light winds.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 25 to 35. Light winds.

Monday: Sunny. Highs 62 to 72. Light winds.

Monday Night: Clear. Lows 26 to 36. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Tuesday: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 59 to 69.

Tuesday Night: Clear. Lows 26 to 36.

Wednesday through Thursday Night: Clear. Highs 61 to 71. Lows 26 to 36.

Friday: Breezy. Partly cloudy. Slight chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs 51 to 61.

Friday Night: Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows 17 to 27.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs 37 to 47.
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.