Big Horn River Ice Jam is On The Move
Written by Andrew-Rossi on February 23, 2017
The ice jam on the Big Horn River is on the move – and Greybull residents in low lying areas are asked to take precautions.
As of approximately 2:30 yesterday afternoon, the ice jam cleared the Torchlight Bridge in Basin and was working its way down stream to Greybull. Later that afternoon, the Town of Greybull reported that the river ice there has broken up and moved north, but was jamming up on the north end of town.
Additional ice jams are expected to come downriver from Basin. However, officials note that the levee that was built to protect residents in times like these is performing as designed.
According to Wyoming Department of Transportation District Engineer Pete Hallsten of Basin, the cooler weather that is forecast through the rest of this week will slow the ice jam, which will reduce the potential for flooding.
In other parts of the Basin, the Park County Sheriff’s Office notes that Road 9 south of the Willwood Corner will be closed near the canal due to flooding and a washout. This closure will be for an indefinite period until conditions improve and allow repairs to be made.