With the National Weather Service flood warning in the final days of February and first part of March, local emergency management teams prepared for rising water.
“Isolated instances of flooding due to snowmelt and rain accumulation have been reported through the Star Valley area,” said Stephen Malik, public information officers for Lincoln County Emergency Management. “Most of this flooding has occurred away from major waterways, in areas that may not normally experience flooding.”
According to Malik, sandbags have been stocked at county road and bridge facilities in Afton and Thayne and in the Etna LDS Church Parking Lot.
“Residents can fill and take sandbags as they need for use in structure protection,” he said. “Emergency management will monitor these locations daily and restock bags as they are depleted. We encourage neighborhood groups, as well as church and civic groups to pre-fill sandbags at these locations for quick access as additional areas develop need.”
There were two road closures as a result of flood waters, Malik said.
“State Line Road north of the Creamery Road was closed because water washed out across the road,” he said. “Stump Creek Road in the middle section had water flow and a snow berm in one lane.”
Lincoln County Emergency Management is asking area residents to prepare for additional storm systems expected to be moving through the area.
“We encourage residents to make preparations for the incoming storms, as additional rain may exacerbate problems in flooded areas or place new areas at risk,” he said.
Additional information is available by contacting Lincoln County Emergency Management at 885-4925.