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Deep Snow Brings Spring Flooding

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(JACKSON, Wyo)  Snowpack continues to pile up in the measuring sites of area river basins as spring snowstorms continue to march through the region.  According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Snake River Basin now has 123% of the 30-year average with a water equivalency of 144%.  To the north, Yellowstone has 130% of normal snow with a water-content of 149%.  While the eventual melt-out of those accumulations is good news for area reservoirs, it also brings with it the threat of minor flooding.  Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs says that has already been a problem for some residents.  Ochs says, “We’re seeing more flooding up on the buttes than we are next to creeks and streams right now – so what’s happening is snow is melting uphill of some of these properties and with the ground frozen, it has nowhere to go.”   Consequently, he says it is running up against foundations, into window wells, crawl-spaces and areas like that.  Additionally, he says some of the creeks and streams are beginning to come up as well. Ochs says the county has sandbags available at the county’s road and levee site at Adams Canyon for those who may need them.

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