Laramie River at ‘flood stage'

2011-06-06T11:02:00Z Laramie River at ‘flood stage'By CHRISTINE PETERSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

LARAMIE -- The Laramie area is experiencing minor flooding from the Laramie River, according to the Albany County Emergency Management Agency. No structures are currently threatened and the county is not in an emergency state.

As of 11 a..m, the Laramie River through Laramie was at 5.2 feet, which is "flood stage" as specified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Most of the river is still within its banks and natural flood plain.

Some of the Greenbelt, a popular river walkway through town, is flooded, which is typical this time of year, said Charles Murrieta, Albany County's emergency management grants coordinator.

Some country roads are also washed out.

The river is expected to rise to 5.5 feet in the next 24 hours but still be within its natural flood plain. It takes between 12 and 24 hours for an increase at the headwaters near Woods Landing to hit Laramie. Woods Landing is still two feet below flood stage.

Temperatures are supposed to cool this week, according to the National Weather Service, which should slow runoff, Murrieta said.

Call the emergency management hotline for daily information at 307-721-5300.

To report any flooding in your area, call Murrieta at 307-721-5314.


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