For Immediate Release
Flooding update for Feb. 13, 2017
Contact: Kelly Ruiz, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security
Residents in Worland, Wyo. have shown up in full force to assist with flood fighting efforts. Over the weekend approximately 500 volunteers dedicated their time and strength to help with filling sandbags.
More than 100 homes were evacuated and the American Red Cross is conducting damage assessments on affected homes to determine the extent of damages. Some residents are being allowed to return to their homes to retrieve personal belongings.
Personnel from the Army Corps of Engineers arrived Sunday and are working with Homeland Security personnel to provide technical assistance. Approximately 70 National Guard personnel continue the sandbagging efforts in Worland.
A crew of 12 Department of Corrections/Forestry Division Smoke Busters and two Homeland Security personnel are relocating from Hudson, in Fremont County, to Greybull and Manderson, in Big Horn County, to prepare in the event of ice jams or rising waters.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been providing resource assistance to the flood fighting efforts and has contributed greatly to the effort. The Wyoming Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided sheltering and mass care needs to the affected areas.
Gov. Matt Mead issued an Executive Order Friday, Feb. 10, declaring a state of emergency in response to severe weather and flood conditions across Wyoming. Health and safety are paramount considerations. The Order directs the Office of Homeland Security and the Wyoming National Guard to take appropriate action.