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Spring Flooding -- Colorado and Wyoming Officials Concerned

Release date: 
May 3, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Officials in more than a half dozen Colorado and Wyoming counties are closely monitoring the conditions of rivers and streams. After several days of rain and snowmelt in late April waterways began to overflow, flooding houses and other structures.

In El Paso County, Colo., officials declared a local state of emergency in Palmer Lake and Manitou Springs after Upper Fountain Creek exceeded its banks. The county also activated its emergency operations center. There were some voluntary evacuations last week, but as of this morning, the American Red Cross (ARC) reports no sheltering activity.

Local officials in Larimer County report the Buck Horn Creek and the Big Thompson Creek have both flooded. There has also been some flooding along the Poudre and Boulder rivers in Weld County.

Local officials in Fremont County, Wyo. have declared a local state of emergency for portions of the county, and requested assistance from the Wyoming Geological Survey to assess the potential for landslides.

Flooding is reported in Lander and Riverton. The roof and a wall of one business collapsed in Riverton, but no injuries were reported.

There is also flooding along the Powder River in Johnson County and the Crow and Lodgepole creeks in Laramie County.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports parts of both states may see more rain over the next two days.

FEMA's regional office in Denver (Region VIII) is monitoring the situation in both Colorado and Wyoming.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46