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Wyoming Focuses On Flood Week

May 6, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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The National Weather Service is using Wyoming Flood Awareness Week this week, to encourage residents to understand the types of flooding that could impact their homes and businesses, even during times of drought.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Jones says awareness week will highlight flooding due to snowmelt, heavy rain, and rainfall within fire scar regions.  Jones says, “Certainly over near Jackson we had that last year, the soils are basically in penetrable…and it’s a lot of run-off very quickly and it does not take as much rain to create a flash flood in those situations.” Jones advises people living near burn scars to have predetermined escape routes planned that are least likely to be impacted by this type of flash flooding. Jones also points to another kind of flash flooding which results from intense thunderstorms. Even during drought years, Jones says an intense thunderstorm can quickly inundate a drainage basin of a small stream or river, causing flash flooding in a matter of an hour, if not minutes.  Residents along waterways, even small creeks, should develop a plan to seek safety should water quickly begin rising.  Jones warns against camping near streams or dry washes if there is a threat of heavy rain.  Officials say that even if rain did not fall at your location, areas upstream may have received heavy rain which could cause rapid water rises downstream.  More information about Wyoming Flood Awareness Week is available from the national weather service website.

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