Local News 5/4/17

APRIL WET AND SNOWY

(Riverton) – April was a wet and snowy month this year with the National Weather Service reporting the Riverton Airport received over three inches of precipitation last month and a total of 6.9 inches for both March and April.

Lander received a little more than three-and-a-quarter inches of moisture and a March-April total of 7.92 inches.

Compared to the same two-month period last year, Riverton received 5.44 inches in 2016 while Lander received 9.2 inches of moisture.

Temperatures at both locations were about normal for April although highs reached the mid 70s to low 80s around the middle of the month.

 

FLOOD PREPARATIONS

(Riverton) – With substantial snow pack in the Wind River Mountains and warm weather in the forecast, Fremont County is preparing for possible spring flooding.

Indications are that this year’s flooding may be comparable to the floods of 2010 and 2011 so those in areas that were affected then should prepare now.

Work is currently underway to protect critical infrastructure in Lander and Hudson from potential flooding.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is hauling a concrete barrier from Rock Springs to the Lander area to help protect the town if needed.

 

CANYON ROCK SLIDE

(Riverton) – Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel had to clear a rock slide from both lanes of travel to reopen the highway through Wind River Canyon early Wednesday morning.

The slide also took out about 100 feet of guardrail and damaged the highway shoulder at the north end of the canyon.

WYDOT crews are also working on slide areas affecting the highway on each end of Togwotee Pass and another along the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

 

RIVERTON COUNCIL APPOINTMENT

(Riverton) – Lance Goede was appointed Tuesday night to fill the vacancy on the Riverton City Council created by the sudden death of Lee Martinez earlier this year.

Mayor Lars Baker says Goede was chosen from a field of four great candidates.

Baker says the council waited to swear Goede in so he wouldn’t have to vote on city business he wasn’t entirely familiar with.