Rivers Rising in Cody Region
Written by andrew-rossi on June 7, 2017
Higher temperatures this week means local officials are keeping a close eye on the rising level of rivers in the region.
Homeland Security Director Mart Knapp says that the upper south fork is not in a flood watch, but the lower south fork is expecting high runoff this week. Fortunately, Knapp says the banks are high, so there isn’t a danger of flooding at this point. The Clarks Fork has dropped out of minor flood stage, where it had been the night before last.
Knapp says, however, that the Greybull River is causing problems on a road east of Meeteetse.
The National Weather Service reports that the Greybull River at Meeteetse was at 6.3 feet Tuesday and will slowly rise and crest at 7.7 feet by early Saturday – that’s just a few inches over flood stage.
Knapp says that the gauge on the North Fork is malfunctioning, so there’s not an accurate measure of the height of the river, but he says he has visited with residents in the area and they report no danger of flooding at this point.
Because of the high snowmelt, the Buffalo Bill reservoir is filling again. As of yesterday, the reservoir was at 59 percent of capacity, 8 percent higher than it was a week ago.