WPR News
8:32 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Sandbagging Continues in Baggs

Baggs, WY – Members of the Wyoming Army National Guard
and local volunteers are working to shore up the banks of the Little Snake River near Baggs as high waters continue to threaten
the southern Wyoming town.

Mayor Linda Corners says water had not breached any of the diversion dikes and there is no water in the town.

Today's peak river level never exceeded yesterday's peak.

Abundant snowpack in the Sierra Madre mountain range and warm temperatures have made for high levels of runoff in the river
basin.

The National Weather Service extended a flood warning through tomorrow morning (Thursday) for the Baggs area because of the possibility that rain showers could drop up to a half-inch of rain.

Town officials say the high river has flooded agricultural areas upstream from Baggs.

Thirty-three guardsmen from the 133rd Engineer Company in Laramie are assisting local efforts to build up levies and
diversion dikes with sandbags. An engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was also on site.

Baggs has about 400 residents and sits just four miles north of the Colorado border.