The Johnson County Incident Command has updated the flood situation in the county as of Monday. A Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire county through Tuesday afternoon.
Rapid snowmelt runoff Monday will cause rapid rises in creeks and streams in the area.
Windy and mild conditions are expected in the mountains tonight which will continue snowmelt runoff during the overnight Monday night and early morning hours Tuesday.
Area creeks and streams expected to rise to at-or-above flood stage by Tuesday morning are Clear Creek at Buffalo and Middle Fork of the Powder River at Kaycee, but flooding will be mainly in the low-lying areas.
Excess snowmelt runoff into creeks and streams is expected to slow Tuesday afternoon as temperatures cool in the mountains with a cold front moving into the region.
A Flood Watch means there is potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
Continue to monitor and be alert for possible Flood Warnings to be issued, and those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Here is an update from the Johnson County Incident Command as of 3 pm Monday:
Sandbags are available at the County Fire Hall behind Family Dollar from noon to 1 pm Monday through Thursday; there is free sand at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Sandbags can be purchased from local hardware stores for a reasonable price, and there is free sand donated by WyDOT at the interchange of I-25 and S. Main Street.
Sign up for Code Red (reverse 911) at www.buffalohealthcare.vcn.com, you will be contacted in case of flood in your area.
Most flood waters rise in the night, so be prepared by following instructions on the websites.
Pack a “go” bag with things you will need and medications for a few days – in case you need to go quickly.
Keep pets and children out of the creeks until the water levels are safe.
We hope that the flooding is mild this year, but it all depends on rainfall and snowmelt levels in the mountains.
We will post on the emails and websites every day. - Johnson County Emergency Response Team