WPR News
9:17 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Flooding could be on the way

Riverton, Wy – Temperatures could get into the 80s and 90s Tuesday and that could cause rivers to swell around the state.
The National Weather Service has already issued a flood watch for the western slope of the Sierra Madres. Jim Fahey is a hydrologist for the weather service. He says the runoff is coming from snow between eight and nine thousand feet elevation. He says the good thing about a quick snowmelt is that it fills reservoirs and helps downstream.
"A lot of the big reservoirs like Boysen and Buffalo Bill are doing quite well from last year's carry over. So, there will be more water released as they get ready for the in flows."
The National Weather Service says part of the reason there is a flood watch for the Little Snake River in Carbon County is because of a release of water from the High Savery Dam.