Emergency Management Continues to Keep an Eye on Flood Potential

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Flooding last year in Sheridan County.
Flooding last year in Sheridan County.

Earlier this month we told you about Sheridan County Emergency Management receiving an additional 25,000 sandbags to prepare for potential springtime flooding.

The additional sandbags came from the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and puts the total of available sandbags at over 40,000.

Sheridan County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Coleman says that the National Weather Service has told him that as of now, the potential for flooding remains fairly low.

Coleman admitted that the weather will play a pivotal role in determining how fast the snowpack melts.

Coleman stated that the worst case scenario for runoff would be consistent warm temperatures coupled with heavy rainfall.

Coleman said that filling the sandbags in advance is not really an option, as once they are filled the bags begin disintegrating. He indicated that once nearby streams and creeks begin to show a significant rise, they will begin filling the sandbags at that time.

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