Thunderstorm fills up Buckeye Creek |

Thunderstorm fills up Buckeye Creek

Staff Reports

Buckeye Creek at East Valley Road filled with mud and ash washed out of the Pine Nuts during the weekend.

A thunderstorm in the Pine Nut Mountains above Carson Valley sent rain, mud and ash down Buckeye Creek over the weekend.

No major damage was reported from the deluge, which safely crossed East Valley Road. On Monday a crew was clearing mud off Orbit Way north of Buckeye Road.

East Fork Fire Marshal Steve Eisele said the flooding was reported by Bently Security around midnight on Saturday. There was a thunderstorm in the Pine Nuts that set a small fire that could have been responsible for the downpour.

"People need to be aware of the areas affected by fire even if it wasn't directly next to them," he said. "If they live on one of these drainages that serve the East Valley, they can expect these type of events with a heavy downpour, and flows of mud and ash."

The creek hit a historical peak at an estimated 3,000 cubic feet per second on July 14, 1992, when flood waters also inundated Johnson Lane and Stephanie Way.

Flooding off the Pine Nuts last summer closed Highway 395 for several hours.

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