CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The North Platte River near Casper rose to "action stage" Sunday morning. But forecasters say the rise is mostly caused by reservoirs upstream letting out water to make room for snowmelt.
The river rose just above 7 feet, which is a foot below flood stage. Meteorologists define that area as "action stage" where nearby residents may want to prepare for possible flooding by sandbagging or moving property away from the water.
It does not mean that residents are being asked to evacuate or that flood stage is imminent.
Chuck Baker of the National Weather Service in Riverton says the river rise near Casper is "90 percent" caused by upstream reservoirs releasing water to make room for rapid snowmelt anticipated in coming weeks.
Baker says residents across the state should watch forecasts for flood warnings because waters will likely rise over the next two weeks.