Wyoming Gov Signs Disaster Declaration for Flooding

June 23, 2011

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed a disaster declaration for damages around the state caused by the ongoing flooding.

The state estimates about $6.8 million in damages so far to agriculture and infrastructure. That includes the cost of preventative efforts, mainly Mead’s decision to deploy Wyoming National Guard members.

State Homeland Security Director Guy Cameron says he expects the damage estimates to rise.

Rain and snowmelt have flooded several areas of the state, including Crook, Carbon, Albany, Lincoln and Sheridan counties. Many other rivers and streams are running high or near flood stage.

The governor’s office says the state Transportation Department has responded to or is monitoring 37 landslides across the state.

Mead says the disaster declaration is needed for Wyoming to qualify for assistance from the federal government.

Topics Flood

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