Laramie, WY – The cost of battling floods in central Wyoming is nearing half a million dollars. This is as forecasts of major snowfall in the mountains heaps more anxiety on residents who have spent the past week building sandbag dikes to protect homes along roaring rivers.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the eastern slopes of the Wind River Range, predicting up to 2 feet of snow Friday night and Saturday. Rain is expected in the river valleys.
A rapid snowmelt combined with rain over the past week has sent rivers and creeks to record levels. The flooding has washed out bridges, closed roads and flooded or threatened about 140 homes along rivers in the towns of Lander and Hudson, and Wind River Indian Reservation communities.
No deaths or major injuries have been reported, and no one has used Red Cross shelters.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal is scheduled for an aerial tour of the flooded area Saturday morning.