- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Rivers and streams began to recede Monday in parts of Fremont County where nearly 6 inches of rain fell over the weekend, flooding homes and causing road damage.

“There’s a lot of standing water in the county,” Cody Beers, a spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said Monday afternoon. “There’s a lot of assessment of damage going on right now due to erosion.”

Beers said the Wind River Reservation was the hardest hit area in the county.

“But we had reports of water in people’s basements, water running in places where it usually doesn’t run all over the county,” he said.

The Little Wind River reached its third highest crest on record Sunday evening near Riverton, hitting 10.19 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 8 feet.

The American Red Cross opened evacuation centers on the Wind River Indian Reservation, but no one used them, Red Cross spokesman Bill Fortune said.

The Wyoming National Guard deployed a rapid response unit to fill and place sandbags and help in other ways, guard spokesman Capt. Thomas Blackburn said.

The SageWest Health Care hospital in Lander transferred some of its patients to other hospitals in the region because of water issues, but its emergency center remained open, Beers said.

Otherwise the cities of Riverton and Lander had relatively few problems, he said. However, the small community of Hudson, between Lander and Riverton, had homes with water damage from the flooded Little Popo Agie.

Beers said people with water wells breached by flood waters are urged to boil their water before drinking it.

In southeast Wyoming, the Laramie River rose above flood stage in Goshen County, causing minor flooding in the Fort Laramie area. Flooding also occurred along streams and creeks in Platte County and in the Casper area.



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