- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has activated the Wyoming National Guard to help with flood prevention efforts in Carbon and Fremont counties.

Deidre Forster is the public affairs officer for the Wyoming Military Department. She tells the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1U4IZNM ) that 23 soldiers arrived in Lander on Thursday while 44 are in Saratoga. Their work includes placing sandbags in low-lying areas around the rivers. The soldiers are expected to be in the areas until at least next week.

Mead says warmer temperatures are expected to increase snowmelt, contributing to flooding risk over the next few weeks.

The mayor of Lander declared a state of emergency two weekends ago after heavy rains caused flooding.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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