Contact Us

River Reaches Flood Stage Tomorrow [AUDIO]

6.08 North Platte, First Street bridge, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio
6.08 North Platte, First Street bridge, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio

The North Platte River is going to rise even more today (Wednesday) with the latest release of water from the spring runoff. The river is expected to reach more than 8,000 cubic feet per second through Casper, which is about 7.4 feet high, and because of that high water, boat ramps upstream are now closed, says Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Stew Anderson.

Boat ramps upstream closed:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“The city has closed the boat ramps, starting at Robertson Road going downstream to the walking bridge at the whitewater park, and that’s basically due to the swift water and the very low bridge clearances between Robertson Road on downstream to the whitewater park.”

6.08 North Platte, First Street bridge, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio
6.08 North Platte, First Street bridge, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio

Lt. Anderson says the river is at flood stage at 8 feet high, and with another increase in the Grey Reef release Wednesday night, the river could hit flood stage by Thursday afternoon, which will add to the flooding already found in low-lying areas such as the Platte River Parkway.

Half a foot to flood stage:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“And then they will up that release even more to the 8,000 (cfs) from Grey Reef so that means we’ll see about 8,400 here, which will mean a few more inches, and that may push it to the 8-foot level by tomorrow at this time.”

At a May 27th emergency management meeting, Jeff Geotz with WYDOT voiced concern about how little clearance there was between the water and the Wyoming Boulevard Bridge that crosses the river at Mills. Anderson says that bridge in particular is one of the reasons they closed the boat ramps upstream.

Bridge into Mills bears watching:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“There was about only two foot of clearance, so we have the worry about anybody going underneath that which is one reason upstream of that the boat ramps have closed and we have to watch those bridge abutments on each side to make sure we don’t see any severe erosion, as well as any debris getting stuck underneath that bridge.”

6.08 Platte River Parkway, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio
6.08 Platte River Parkway, Daniel Sandoval, K2 Radio

The river current is swift, says Anderson, so if you’re near the water, you should be wearing a life jacket.

More News from K2 Radio

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://k2radio.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!