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Flood risk moderate to high along Wind River near city
Mar 26, 2014 - From staff reports
The risk of spring and early summer flooding in Fremont County is now considered moderate to high according to forecasting by federal hydrologist Jim Fahey, who is based in Riverton.
His latest predictions of increasing risk of flooding from spring snowmelt cover several areas of Wyoming, including Fremont County, where snowpack stands this week at about 130 percent of its 30-year average
Along with the Wind River near Riverton, other moderate to high-risk flood areas are the North Platte River around Saratoga and Riverside, the North Fork and South Fork rivers west of Cody and areas on both sides of the Bighorn Mountains.
Fahey said Tuesday that mountain snowpack and the water content of that snow continued to be well above average statewide as of mid-March, well ahead of last year's water content at the same point.
The flood outlook for most mountainous areas was only low to moderate. The forecast takes into account several factors that can worsen flooding, including widespread beetle-killed trees and recent wildfires.