Merced River Flood 1/2/1997 - (El Capitan) Yosemite, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sparkey916
N 37° 43.273 W 119° 38.854
11S E 266652 N 4178184
Quick Description: Bronze mark in boulder near roadway marks the damaging flood level.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/30/2011 12:08:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMCETG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
Views: 10

Long Description:
The entire Yosemite Valley is basically a floodplain, but January 2, 1997 brought the highest water level ever recorded. A combination of deep snowpack above and 24 hours of heavy rain storm which sent melted snow into already-overflowing creeks caused flooding in the valley which stranded 2100 people in the park. Every road out was inundated. About half of the accommodations in the park were lost, trails and footbridges were destroyed, the main highway west washed out in scores of places and remained closed for half a year for repairs. Fortunately, no human lives were lost.
High water signs have been put up many places in the park. This one is a little more interesting because it is a bronze marker permanently embedded in a large boulder. This boulder is near the river below El Capitan. For consistancy I used the same format used in HOTSHOE'S waymark to the east.
Natural or man made event?: Natural

What type of marker?: bronze benchmark-style disc

When did this occur?: January 2, 1997

Website related to the event..: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
A picture showing the level along with any markers telling of what had occurred can be used. Better yet would be a picture of you or someone standing next to the high level mark, that would show if you would have been just wading or completely submersed.
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