News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
River drops below flood stage; rising water predicted
Jun 3, 2014 - From staff reports
National Weather Service flood warnings remain in effect this week for the Wind River near Dubois.
The waterway crested at about 5.3 feet at 6:15 a.m. Friday but was back down below flood stage (5 feet) to 4.75 feet at noon Tuesday.
It is forecast to rise back above flood stage late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, fluctuating around 5 feet through Thursday afternoon and rising to a peak of about 5.2 feet late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
Flood stage in Dubois involves minor, low-level flooding in low-lying areas both upstream and downstream of Dubois. Bank-full is at 4.5 feet.
According to the NWS, snowpack at the 9,500-10,000-foot elevation is very "ripe or water-laden." Afternoon temperatures in the coming days may cause enough snowmelt runoff to cause additional minor flooding along the Wind River through the rest of this week.
In Riverton, the Wind River rose to a 9.52-foot crest at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday but had fallen back down below flood stage (9 feet) to about 7.68 feet at noon Tuesday. It is expected to slowly rise through late Friday and early Saturday, when it should crest at about 9.2 feet.
Areas downstream of Riverton near the Black Bridge and HiddenValley can see flooding when the Wind reaches 9 feet. At that point, minor flooding usually is seen along both banks of the Wind River upstream of the Highway 789 bridge at Riverton.
Bank-full stage is at 8 feet for the Wind River at Riverton. At that point, minor flooding still may be seen downstream along the left bank of the river near Black Bridge.
Minor flooding is still being reported at the Wind River below Diversion Dam at the U.S. Highway 26 bridge. The river there was last observed at 4.83 feet at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. Flood stage is 5.5 feet.