The following is a release from Lincoln County Emergency Management –
Lincoln County, Wyoming – Rivers and streams have been running high for several weeks now, as runoff season finally arrived across the region. Despite record snowfall in many areas, the ground was able to absorb much of the excess water, sparing us from wide-spread flooding in most residential areas. Some rural areas have experienced sub-water flooding in basements, but the effects of river and stream flooding were thankfully kept to a minimum for the majority of residents. Peak flows were seen in the final week of May, and have since dropped gradually, according to USGS stream gauge data.
VOLUNTEER EFFORTS MADE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE
Around Lincoln County, sandbag stations were created. The sandbags were made available to residents free of charge, and many homes and critical infrastructure were protected. None of this would have been possible without the work of hundreds of volunteers who spent many hours filling and stockpiling these bags for residents to pick up and deploy. Volunteer groups from church organizations, school sports teams, local businesses, and others contributed to the efforts. These efforts have made a significant impact in helping fellow county residents mitigate flood damage. We personally want to thank all who participated in these efforts.
While runoff season is beginning to sunset, this does not mean that all associated risks are behind us. Waterways, especially river channels, will remain at high volume for some time yet. There can be risk of flash flooding due to high amounts of precipitation, as well as the ongoing potential for bank erosion. Residents who live near the river should remain vigilant to any changes upstream from their home. High water also poses a significant risk to those who would recreate in these areas. The water is murky and flowing at high rate, making it difficult to identify and avoid debris, and making it much more difficult and dangerous to rescue someone who falls in. Children are particularly susceptible to injury or drowning, and are often drawn to water out of curiosity.
If you see an emergency along a waterway, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring the National Weather Service – Riverton forecast office (www.weather.gov/riw), local radio broadcasts, and social media (https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountyOHS/) for flood advisories. Lincoln County Emergency Management will continue to provide updates regularly throughout the season. Please ensure that you check the dates of news releases and social media posts, to ensure that you are sharing the latest information, as situations can change rapidly.