Laramie, WY – Albany county officials are getting a pat on the back for their response to Thursday's tornado in Laramie.
Governor Dave Freudenthal and others praised the emergency response of the county and for their recovery efforts. Laramie Police Commander Dale Stalder says it is rare to have such an emergency in the county but they try and stay prepared. He says they were able to set up a command center, schools were properly evacuated, and all their emergency plans worked.
Green River, WY – Several thousand residents of the Bridger Valley in southwest Wyoming were left without water after spring runoff overwhelmed a local water treatment plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a boil-water order for the valley's water supply before officials shut down water distribution Tuesday afternoon.
The Bridger Valley Joint Powers Board supplies water to Mountain View, Lyman, Fort Bridger and some rural areas in the valley. Workers on the board were working on Wednesday to restore water distribution.
Laramie, WY – A historic building in Laramie was damaged in today's tornado. The Union Pacific Athletic Club is a log building that dates back to the 1920's. Now it houses the Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club.
The club's president, William Wright surveyed the damage: "It had a large veranda on the front, and that's completely gone, and the majority of the roof structure is gone. There's a large hole, I would say, 15 by 30 feet.