Johnson County, Kaycee and Buffalo are facing possible flooding in the next couple of days especially, and through the next couple of weeks depending on how the weather shapes up.
As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service had issued a flood watch for Johnson County, meaning there was a potential for flooding based on the current forecasts. It will remain in effect until Friday afternoon.
Over an inch of rain has fallen around the area so far and another one to one and a half inches is expected to fall by Friday. Snow levels in the mountains are expected to drop to 6,000 feet tonight.
Moderate to heavy rain is possible in the county through Friday morning, and runoff is expected to raise water levels in area streams to near bank-full by Friday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, Clear Creek in Buffalo was expected to rise to within a half a foot of bank-full, and the Middle Fork of the Powder River in Kaycee was expected to crest at 5.5 feet. Bank
full on the Middle Fork is 7 feet.
Residents are encouraged to monitor the latest forecasts and watch for flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should prepare to take action should flooding develop.
For more information on the weather or for hazardous weather information, go to www.noaa.gov