Flood Watch for Shoshone River
Written by andrew-rossi on June 5, 2017
The potential for flooding continues to increase.
The National Weather Service warns that very warm mountain temperatures this week will increase the snowmelt runoff, which will impact the severity of flooding of creeks and rivers through the end of the week.
As of this morning, a Flood Watch is in effect for the Green River, Snake and Shoshone River basins from now through early Wednesday morning.
Very high flows are expected along creeks and rivers over the Wind, Green, Shoshone, and Sweetwater Basins by Friday, and flooding of low lying areas will become more widespread along creeks and rivers by the middle to the end of the week.
The South Fork of the Shoshone River above the reservoir is currently at 7.5 feet – that’s two feet below flood stage. The Weather Service estimates that the river will rise slowly and crest at 8.6 feet by tomorrow.
People living near flood prone areas along creeks and rivers should continue to closely monitor high water levels through the end of the week, and make final preparations for moving to higher ground if necessary. Mountain streams run the highest in the late afternoon through early evening hours – residents are warned not to attempt to cross streams at that time as the swift water will easily carry you downstream.