The Big Blow - Updated
No Good Deed...
Got stuck trying to pull another vehicle out of a drift. Now needs help.
by Terry Allen
January 30, 2017
Today is Monday, January 30, 2017 and some Sublette County residents have not yet been able to get out of their more remote homes. Most seem to have been freed Sunday, but several in Boulder have not been able to report to work.
I spoke with David Smith who had spent a good part of the weekend on his tractor removing drifts and freeing folks from their homes. "This is just a normal winter," he said. "We just haven't had one for about 25 years. We are just getting started. There are two months of winter left. We could have another half-dozen storms just like the last one."
I took a drive up Soda Lake road, then back down thru the neighborhoods, the new elementary school, BLM and other buildings trying to gauge the snow depth, and what their position would be when the snow melts.
A long time ago the Army Corps of Engineers designated the area a flood plain. Whether it is still designated as such, I don't know, but it will still be a big catch basin once it gets warm.
Story question: Does anyone know the year of the old Oshkosh Snow Blower truck?
Lacy Maher Hicks who lives out in Green River Ranches sent in a few words and photos to include in this story.
"We have a ton of snow and with this wind it's been a brutal winter," said Lacy. "We have set up our own winter snow removal as we get no assistance from the county.
Many people park on the highway and snow mobile in and out."
Photos by Terry Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org