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Guard’s here, flooding seems eminent

Submitted by Newsroom on June 1, 2011 – 1:31 pmNo Comment

Guard’s here, flooding seems eminent

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The temperatures are rising and that means the local emergency management team is on alert – watching the expected rise of water levels of local rivers and streams. Information officer Cody Beers said county and state officials are keeping abreast of the situation through daily conference call briefings.

He said National Guard units did arrive in Fremont County yesterday, as planned, to assist with pre-flood preparation, like filling and placing sand bags. Two squads of 23 troops each are in Fremont County, one specifically on the Wind River Indian Reservation. They’re basing out of the National Guard Armory in Lander. 

One specific area officials say is under flood watch is the town of Dubois, so Homeland Security officers plan to accompany county officials on a trip to that area to make an assessment.

Bridges in both Dubois and Riverton are also causing concern. Their condition, along with other bridges across the county, will be addressed by two teams of U.S. Army Corp of Engineers expected to arrive today. Officials say the bridge in Hudson that was reinforced after compromised from last year’s flooding should be stable.

Station manager Ray Rintamaki took this picture of flooding in Hudson in June of 2010.

Two other areas of concern south of Riverton near the Big Wind River involve the Left Hand Ditch mitigation project. The emergency management team will be working in that area, too, along with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wind River Reservation Transportation and state transportation department.

In Riverton, it’s a sewage interceptor line on the south side of town that’s causing concern. So city workers are working on reinforcement there.

The information officer said snow melt is expected to continue this week as the weather warms up to the 80s by the weekend, so a flood watch is in effect. People are being asked to stay away from the raging rivers and warned not to go tubing.

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