Record Flooding on The Big Wind River

Record flooding is occuring along the Big Wind River at Riverton and Kinnear. With high temperatures in the 80s and 90s this weekend, the river is expected to continue to rise as more snow melts and/or as Dam operaters increase releases to make room for more runoff.

There is still a lot of water in the mountains - Over 20 inches of snow water equvalent in some locations in the Absarokas, the Wind River Mountains, and the Bighorns. Visible Satellite Image From this morning - note the amount of snow left in the mountains.

As the river levels continue to rise, the specific impact of these rises is unknown as we are entering uncharted territory. Normal routes to and from places in and around Fremont County may become impassable this weekend. Please check with WYDOT for road closures and keep an eye on our homepage for the latest watches, warnings, advisories and outlooks.

Real time gauge reading above.

KNOWN impacts:

10.86 RECORD STAGE (6/10/1997).
10.5 CONTINUOUS MONITORING/REPAIR OF LEVEES IS NECESSARY. MAJOR FLOODING OF HOMES ALONG THE RIGHT BANK. HIGHWAY 789 IS STILL OPEN. MAJOR EXTENSIVE AGRICULTURAL FLOODING DOWNSTREAM OF RIVERTON NEAR BLACK BRIDGE.
10 WATER BEGINS TO ENCROACH LOW LYING AREAS WEST OF HIGHWAY 789. HIGHWAY 789 IS USUALLY SAND LEVEED BY WYDOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIVER. THE HIGHWAY REMAINS OPEN. EXTENSIVE AGRICULTURAL FLOODING DOWNSTREAM OF RIVERTON NEAR BLACK BRIDGE. WATER BEGINS TO ENCROACH HOMES ALONG THE RIGHT BANK.
9 FLOOD STAGE. MINOR FLOODING ALONG THE RIGHT AND LEFT BANKS UPSTREAM OF THE HIGHWAY 789 BRIDGE. AGRICULTURAL FLOODING DOWNSTREAM OF RIVERTON NEAR BLACK BRIDGE ALONG LEFT BANK INTENSIFIES.
8.15 RECORD FLOW---13300 CFS (6/15/1935).
8 BANKFULL STAGE. MINOR FLOODING DOWNSTREAM ALONG LEFT BANK NEAR BLACK BRIDGE BEGINS.

As always, do not enter flood waters for any reason. Please click here for more on flood safety and to keep an eye on some of the more active rivers.

 

This image was taken when the river was at about 11 feet at the Riverton gauge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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