Carson City features one river and several smaller tributaries, or watersheds, which are susceptible to annual flooding events that pose threats to life and safety and can cause significant property damage. The Carson River runs along the east side of the city, while other small creeks and washes include Clear Creek, Voltaire Canyon, Kings Canyon Creek, Ash Canyon Creek, Vicee Canyon and Goni Wash which run along the west and north side of the city.  Carson City has close to 4,384 acres of floodplain and nearly 2,081 individual parcels that are partially or entirely located within the floodplain. Winter flooding occurs when warm rain falls on the snow pack from the Sierra Nevada Mountain range or during thunder storms in the summer.  Flooding can happen in developed areas from the same types of storms or even from water pipe breaks.