Fremont County Disaster Declaration

A flood watch was issued for much of Wyoming Monday, as snowmelt raises river levels.
A flood watch was issued for much of Wyoming Monday, as snowmelt raises river levels.

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Dave Freudenthal has issued a disaster declaration for Fremont County as rapid snowmelt in the Wind River Range causes flooding on area rivers. Monday brought flood watches or warnings for much of the state.

Freudenthal authorized sending 100 National Guard members to Fremont County. The Army Corps of Engineers and Wyoming Office of Homeland Security are providing sandbags to the area.

Hydrologist Jim Fahey of the National Weather Service says flooding began Friday and over the weekend on the Little Wind, Middle Popo Agie (poh-POH'-jah) and Little Popo Agie rivers in the Lander, Hudson and Riverton areas.

He says riverside properties have flooded and a bridge southwest of Lander partially collapsed. There are no reports of injuries.

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