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Snow melting, river holding

Submitted by Newsroom on June 28, 2011 – 1:19 pmNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The banks of the Wind River in Fremont County are holding, pretty much, for now. That’s the word coming from emergency management spokesman Cody Beers. People still need to monitor the flowing waters, especially since warmer weather is on the way, the snow at the higher elevations is melting and a thunderstorm is in the forecast for the weekend.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen caught this picture of the snowpack in the Wind Rivers mid-month.

He said folks really need to keep an eye on their children and animals around the riverbanks, because the waters are rushing by. The National Guard is gone, he said, but available at a moment’s notice with a phone call. Fifty pallets of sandbags are ready, for anyone who needs them, by calling the emergency management office. You’ll find that number in the phone book, under the listing for Fremont County Government.

The water at Boysen Reservoir is coming up, he said, so the Army Corps of Engineers has asked the Bureau of Reclamation to cut down on the water releases and move into water storage mode.

Up in the north-central part of the state, he said the water is “ripping off the mountains,” as he put it. Water from snowmelt is now streaming down the entire western edge of the Big Horns, he said, flooding the Ten Sleep Creek area. Workers there are trying to save the Wigwam Fish Hatchery. That’s run by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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