Genoa, Nev. — The Tiger Softball Team got an official escort from Douglas County deputies and East Fork firefighters back to Douglas High School on Saturday after their state championship win. Congratulations ladies on a great season.
A flood warning is in effect for the East Fork of the Carson River in Gardnerville and the West Walker River near Coleville until 8 p.m. today. The East Fork was forecast to reach the 14-foot flood stage this morning, but it looks like it’s already heading back into the trough.
The 6-inch and roughly 3.5-hour gap between what the East Fork gauge at Horseshoe Bend indicates and the highest forecast continues this morning. The river crested at 13.72 feet at 2:20 a.m., but was forecast to hit 14.2 feet at 6 a.m.
There’s definitely a lot of snowmelt coming out of the mountains, with a gauge below Genoa Lakes reading 15.38 feet this morning, up 2.62 feet over the past week. That hasn’t quite reached the 15.68 feet it hit on New Year’s Day, but it’s creeping up there.
There’s still plenty of snow in the Sierra, with Ebbetts Pass snow telemetry at the top of the East Fork making the long steep slide dropping to 64.5 inches of snow-water equivalent, down from 77.6 inches on May 10. In 2017, the total for today was 60.9 inches, so even if the river didn’t make flood stage this time, it may soon.
A spot 2 miles north of Holbrook Junction got .46 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon. California Highway Patrol officers reported a few inches of mud and gravel west of Woodfords from a flash flood. I’m told a shower dampened Art and Wine on the Green on Saturday afternoon.
Like the river itself, between the Tigers big win and Hot Air For Hope Wednesday’s R-C is full to the brim. I’ve got some news I need to pack in there, too, so we’ll be pushing the envelope this week. Events will subside for a bit this week before cranking back up to 11.
Work on Highway 395 just north of Holbrook is scheduled to begin 6:30 a.m. today and last into June. Expect lane closures and up to 30-minute delays as they work on the roadsides eroded during the storms.
The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high temperature near 83, with the zephyr picking up at 10-15 mph this afternoon. There is a slim chance of thunderstorms again today. On Sunday, Fredericksburg resident Jeff Garvin said his lightning detector had 115 hits.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at email@example.com or 775-782-5122.