Flooding in Big Horn and Washakie Counties Stabilizes [PHOTOS]
Flooding along the Big Horn River, in the communities of Manderson, Greybull and Worland seems to be stabilizing.
During a briefing in the morning hours on Tuesday, members of the National guard were told that mitigation efforts would be focusing specifically on the town of Manderson, and most of those efforts would be shoring up the community for potential problems with spring run-off.
The flooding came as the results of ice floes jamming up the Big Horn river, one jam remained in Manderson, but Brent Godfrey, Incident Commander in Manderson, said that water appears to be flowing underneath the jam.
“When it became daylight [Tuesday], we got to vantage points, checked it, and found out that the water was going underneath the ice, and going out the bottom,” Godfrey says.
Six homes and two businesses suffered major damage and 11 homes had minor damage in Washakie and Big Horn counties since flooding began last week. No injuries were reported, and Godfrey says that damage analysis is just in the beginning stages, as there are rural and more remote areas that are currently inaccessible that need to be surveyed.
Several organizations and volunteers have placed over 70,000 sandbags in Big Horn and Washakie Counties.