Governor Mead Dispatches National Guard for Flooding

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (Courtesy photo)
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (Courtesy photo)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead called up the Wyoming National Guard on Friday to help combat flooding that forced scores of people to evacuate their homes along the Big Horn River in Washakie County.

The National Weather Service says ice jams just west of Worland backed up the Big Horn River and forced the evacuation of about 80 people. There were no reports of injuries.

Minor flooding also has been reported in western Wyoming, including the Jackson, Afton and Kemmerer areas. Flooding also has occurred along the Niobrara River in the Lusk area of east-central Wyoming.

Worland Police Chief Gabe Elliott issued a statement Friday evening saying flooding in residential areas subsided through the day, but some areas remained susceptible to more flooding overnight.

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