Minor flooding being reported along Wind River; No problems expected in southern portion of the county

UPDATED at 11:40 a.m.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Kathi Metzler this morning said her agency is starting to get reports of some minor flooding along the Wind River all the way from Dubois down into the low-lying plains. At this point there are no major concerns, she said.

Metzler said everything is very minor at this point and forecasts show no indication for conditions worsening in the next 48 hours. A worst case scenario, she said, would be a rain event in the Wind River Mountains above Dubois, which would accelerate snow melt and increase run-off.

This morning there were reports of “nuisance” level flooding, Metzler said, off Highway 26 in the Bighorn Road area where there was flooding during 2011. Additionally, her agency has also been monitoring debris build-up around bridges in some areas.

Metzler urges people living in drainage areas or those planning on camping along streams to closely monitor water-flow conditions and be aware of conditions upstream of their location. The county is prepared to issue notifications to the public as needed should emergencies arise.

With regard to runoff in the Lander area with the multiple forks of the Popo Agie River, there are zero problems at this time. “We’re great on the south side,” she said. No run-off watches or warnings have been issued for the Popo Agie, and Lander Public Works Director Mickey Simmons said the city has no reason to prepare for flooding.

Read the text of on-going flood warnings for the Dubois and Riverton areas below.

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