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For Immediate Release

Flooding update for Feb. 14, 2017

Contact: Kelly Ruiz, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

While flood fighting efforts in Worland, Wyo. are winding down – crews ramp up the effort in Big Horn County.
Two-thirds of the approximately 70 National Guard members who were concentrating their efforts in Worland are moving to the Manderson area in Big Horn County. The remaining personnel are concentrating on final details and cleanup in the Worland area.

The ice jam in Worland broke up late last night and the Bighorn River returned to its banks leaving huge ice chunks in its wake. To stay ahead of any potential flooding or ice jams teams are focusing efforts downriver in Manderson, Basin and Greybull in Big Horn County. Adding to the efforts of local officials and National Guard are 24 Wyoming State Forestry Division Smoke Busters. Twelve of those Smoke Busters joined the original team and arrived to the area late last night.
The American Red Cross is continuing damage assessments on affected homes in Worland to determine the extent of damages.

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.



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