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Residents Seek Solution To Flooding Issue

January 29, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
Flat-Creek-flooding

About 35 Jackson residents living along Flat Creek gathered in the town hall yesterday evening to discuss the annual winter flooding problems brought about by the unique nature of the waterway.  Mayor Mark Barron says while some expressed frustration with the situation and unrealized expectations from the use of so-called “thaw wells,” the overall tone of the meeting was positive and constructive.  He says more signatures were collected for a petition to form a special improvement district, and in terms of the meeting’s success for communication with the homeowners, in his words, “this was probably a ‘nine’ our of ‘ten.’” Barron says the focus at this point is more of a long-term solution to the flooding problem since the worst of the season is nearing an end.  He says it will warm up in February and March and typically there are not any flooding issues in those two months.  Barron says, “In terms of the immediate, I think … if we have enough access points from our private residents along the creek, now we will be able to get in there and do the work – I think we’re closing in on that.”  Barron says Flat Creek freezes from the bottom up due to a phenomenon known as “frazzle ice,” which is a condition that occurs in only about a half-dozen streams in North America.  Consequently, he says there is no real precedence in other communities to use as a model in seeking a solution.

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