Officials Announce Flood Watch

There is a Flood Watch in effect for Johnson County through Sunday afternoon for streams and creeks along the central Bighorn Mountains, according to information released by Johnson County's Information Officer Marcy Schueler.

A Flood Watch means that flooding is possible within the watch area.

In the release, Schueler said Clear Creek has the potential to reach minor flooding stage by tomorrow (Monday) morning.
Rock Creek is at bank full stage, as is Piney Creek.
Middle Fork and North Fork of the Powder River are currently below flooding stage.

The county's Emergency Management Coordinator, Marilyn Connolly, relayed information to Schueler on Saturday, saying there will continue to be a possibility for occasional heavy rain for the remainder of the weekend.
Guage readings as of Friday were:
Middle Fork Powder River, near Barnum, 267cfs, 7.01 feet.
North Fork Powder River, near Hazelton, 136 cfs, 3.57 feet.
Rock Creek, near Buffalo, 396cfs, 5.74 feet.
Piney Creek, at Kearney, 733cfs, 3.60feet.
Clear Creek, City Park, 689cfs, 4.88 feet.

Connolly also recommended people stay away from the streams as they are running fast and high. Some of the streams are bank full.
She asked if anyone sees flooding, to please contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 684-5581 and/or Emergency Management at 217-1879.

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