Ongoing Flooding Across Portions of Western Wyoming

Snow melt and additional rainfall have been noted across portions of western Wyoming the last few days which elevated flooding concerns. The Flood Warning for the west portion of the Star Valley of Lincoln County has been canceled and replaced with a Hydrologic Statement as river levels have begun to fall. Additional concerns were noted for other areas of western Wyoming, where an ongoing debris flow in the Snake River Canyon has closed Highway 89 between Alpine Junction and Hoback Junction. With cooler temperatures on the way for Wyoming conditions will become less favorable for new debris flows to develop. The ongoing slide is likely to continue to flow and will keep the highway closed for at least the next several days.

The image below shows a topographical map of the Snake River Canyon debris slide. The red hatched areas are other known debris slide areas, and the purple lines are known faults. Information from the University of Wyoming's Geological Survey.

Map of Snake River Canyong debris flow. Red hatched areas are known debris areas, the purple lines are known faults.

Below are pictures (courtesy of Jay Hokanson, Lincoln County Emergency Management) of Highway 89 demonstrating the damage caused by the debris slide.

Debris Flow Damage in Snake River Canyon

Debris Flow Damage in Snake River Canyon - 5/15/2011

Debris Flow Damage in Snake River Canyon

Debris Flow Damage in Snake River Canyon - 5/15/2011

 

Please see the products below regarding the most recent information regarding these flooding concerns:

Hydrologic Statement

Flash Flood Cancellation Statement

If additional flood is encountered, please call the National Weather Service in Riverton at 1-800-211-1448. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additional photos (taken May 16th) can be seen on our Facebook page. You can also send us reports/images/videos through our Facebook page. Be sure to include the time and location of the report!



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