Worland, Wyoming residents assess damage from weekend ice jam …
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An update on flooding in northern Wyoming, where ice jams on the Big Horn River forced as many as 130 homeowners to evacuate their homes in Worland, Wyoming this past weekend.. . Worland Mayor Jim Gill told MTN News that about half of the homeowners affected by the high water were allowed back into their homes late Tuesday to see the damage first hand.
At its peak, the Big Horn crested close to five feet over flood stage, but by Monday afternoon the water started to recede.
“It impacted close to 130 homes, from severe to more moderate flooding,” said Gill.
“We’re moving more into a recovery phase now that the water has receded,” said Gill. “Our channel is starting to clear up, free flowing through the ice, and that’s a good sign.”
Gill credits members of the Wyoming National Guard for helping haul sand and build berms to protect the Wyoming Sugar plant and its supply of sugar beets. Jeff Schweighart with Wyoming Homeland Security told MTN that Tuesday evening the Red Cross was going door-to-door to make sure residents are getting the help they need.
Schweighart said much of the cleanup work Tuesday involved removing huge chunks of ice from the streets of Worland. Mayor Gill said authorities are still keeping a close eye on ice jams upstream that could still pose a problem to the community, but he said he is cautiously optimistic the worst of the flooding has passed. In the meantime, communities downstream of Worland may be next in line to deal with flooding.
In neighboring Big Horn County, authorities are keeping a watchful eye on the Big Horn as ice jams make their way downstream toward the communities of Manderson, Basin and Greybull, bringing a increased risk of flooding with them.