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Flat Creek Continuing To Flood

January 6, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
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There are only a handful of streams in North America that exhibit the behavior of freezing from the bottom up and flooding, and one of those streams flows directly through the Town of Jackson.  Mayor Mark Barron says as that flooding continues this year, solutions are being sought.  He says there are maybe five or six waterways in North America that have the winter “frazil ice” flooding problem, so the city can’t very well see how other communities are dealing with the problem. Barron says so far, measures being taken in Jackson to stem the flooding have not been working. Says Barron, “We installed thaw wells in ‘99/2000, [but] the problem is that each of the 14 years that we’ve had the thaw wells, we’ve also had to put the equipment in the creek.  The thaw wells aren’t the cure-all most people think they are.”  Barron says the town sent out a letter last year seeking permission to cross properties to access the creek with the equipment to break up the ice, but few have responded.  As the condition worsens this year, Barron asks that those property-owners call the town at 739-9090 extension 110 and ask Mike Halpin to be able to review and sign the agreement.

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