LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - The cost of battling floods in central Wyoming is near $500,000 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. 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. Governor Dave Freudenthal is scheduled for an aerial tour of the flooded area today.