Walker River forecasted to reach moderate flood stage this week; more impacts expected
River flows on the West Walker River continue to increase due to above average temperatures and the historic snowpack, meaning flood impacts are imminent for many areas.
The Walker River near Mason was flowing at 9.82 feet as of 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Flood stage is at 9.8 feet.
Moderate flooding is anticipated in some areas, with the flow being highest during the overnight and morning hours.
The West Walker River from the Walker Canyon to the Topaz Lake diversion is under a flood warning, and areas from Mason Valley and Yerington to the Weber Reservoir should continue to plan for flooding.
Yerington and Mason Valley should prepare for minor or moderate flooding of the lowlands, including pasture and farmland adjacent to the river in affected areas, is likely, as well as some rural and secondary roads. Yards and basements of low homes adjacent to the river are also susceptible to flooding and should be taking preventative measures, including sandbagging.
Mono County should prepare for significant flooding of lowlands, agricultural lands, yards, basements, and roads in Antelope Valley. This includes Walker, Coleville, and Topaz California. Homes and buildings are not likely to experience severe impacts, but residents are advised that sandbagging may be necessary. Recreational areas and rural roads in the West Walker River Canyon are also likely.
For a full list of impacts at each flood stage, and for current river information, click here.
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