Monitoring the Potential for Flooding

The recent snowfall that’s accumulated in the Bighorn Mountains has increased the snowpack and the likelihood of flooding that may occur from snowmelt runoff. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Officials with Sheridan County and the City of Sheridan are keeping a watchful eye on local stream gauges and the forecast as springtime snowmelt runoff from the Bighorn’s is well underway. After last week’s snowfall, the snowpack has increased considerably in some areas of the mountains, prompting a level of concern about flooding. Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens says there are several factors that they are looking at regarding flood potential.

The National Weather Service in Billings released a hydrologic outlook Tuesday afternoon for Sheridan that states that warming temperatures over the next few days will result in increased snowmelt, leading to some minor flooding in area streams, creeks and rivers. The advisory also says that waterways along the foothills could reach bankfull or possibly spill over into adjacent low lying areas producing minor flooding. At the very least, area waterways will be running high with the increased snowmelt.

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