Fremont County Flooding Battles

A Fremont County woman works to place sand bags along river to prevent flooding. (AP Photo)
A Fremont County woman works to place sand bags along river to prevent flooding. (AP Photo)

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - The flooding in Fremont County is forcing the Wyoming National Guard to make its biggest in-state activation since 2000.

The water treatment plant at Ethete on the Wind River Indian Reservation is working again and the water is drinkable. Flooding had shut down the plant late last night and water was being trucked in for residents. The Guard continues to truck in water and bottled water to residents in the Ethete area.

Residents in Lander remain under water restrictions because flooding has reduced the capacity at Lander's water treatment plant. However, the water is still safe to drink.

The Guard says a 22-square-mile area of Fremont County with about 2,100 homes is flooded or threatened by flooding. The Guard has no accurate count of homes with actual water damage or the number of people displaced.

Officials say some homes are virtual islands because they are surrounded by water, but the guard is keeping in touch with homeowners and all appear safe for now.

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