Warmer temperatures and higher than normal snowpack in the Big Horn Mountains could cause spring flooding in the coming days.

Current weather forecasts are calling for temperatures in the upper 70’s and possibly low 80’s over the next few days and recent snowpack reports from the Wyoming Water Resource Data System are showing above normal precipitation in the higher elevations.  Powder River watershed is 127% of normal and Tongue River is 140% of normal.

Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly summarized the current situation on Monday morning…

According to Connolly all area first responders have received their spring flood briefing and sandbags are available if the need arises to prevent flooding of homes and other structures.

Connolly encouraged caution when navigating through high water areas if flooding occurs…

She did express concern that downed trees in the area creeks may also cause unnecessary area flooding and removal of debris in waterways is recommended.

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