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Near Nelson in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Deadly Flash Flood

 
 
Deadly Flash Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 23, 2016
1. Deadly Flash Flood Marker
Inscription. It looked like a big, black wall of water. There were maybe two or three waves. all carrying something, vehicles upside down. Manuel Cortez, Las Vegas Review-Journal
On September 14, 1974, a flash flood roared down Eldorado Canyon and swept the Nelson's Landing marina, which was down below you, into Lake Mohave. Forty-one people escaped in time, but nine others downed. The (?) foot-high wave carries 38 vehicles, 23 boats, boat slips, trailers, cabins, a restaurant, and a store into the lake.
"The cloudburst didn't move over canyon in a normal pattern," said Murl Emery a boating guide, "if followed the line of the stream and moved right down the landing." The U.S. Geological Survey said 5.12 inches of rain fell in the canyon that day.
Safety Precautions
Be alert for changes in weather.
Do not hike in washes if there are thunderstorms in the area.
Head for high ground if a flash flood occurs.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 42.51′ N, 114° 42.642′ W. Marker is near Nelson, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 165 near Old Nelson's Landing Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
Deadly Flash Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 23, 2016
2. Deadly Flash Flood Marker
Marker is in this post office area: Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Dorado Canyon (approx. 5.2 miles away); Techatticup Mine (approx. 5.2 miles away); Queho's Cave (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named El Dorado Canyon (approx. 6.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is locate at the turn-around at the eastern end of Nevada Highway 165.
 
Also see . . .  Beware Floods in the Driest State. The normally dry canyon turned deadly after an intense hail and rainstorm dumped three inches of rain in just 30 minutes in the mountains up-canyon. The muddy torrent crushed the restaurant, grocery store, and bar in about five seconds. Bernie Daniels, a tourist from Glendale, California, remembered, "Heavy hail fell for 15 minutes. Then there was a solid gush. It had to be 30 or 40 feet high." (Submitted on February 4, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Aerial view of Eldorado Canyon looking upstream (west) on September 30, 1974 image. Click for full size.
By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
3. Aerial view of Eldorado Canyon looking upstream (west) on September 30, 1974
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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