Flood Warning continues for Green and New Fork Rivers
by National Weather Service - Riverton Wyoming
June 23, 2017
FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017, 3:36PM: The National Weather Service in Riverton has extended the Flood Warning for Rain and Snowmelt in South central Sublette County in west central Wyoming, East central Lincoln County in west central Wyoming until 615 PM MDT Saturday, June 24.
At 325 PM MDT, the Green River near La Barge was holding nearly steady just below 10.0 feet. Flood Stage is 9 feet and moderate flooding begins at 10.0 feet. The river is expected to rise to around 10.1 feet by Saturday afternoon before dropping to around 9.8 feet later on Sunday. This 10.0 foot level is similar to the crest experienced earlier in June 2017. Widespread minor lowland flooding is likely near the river. Area roads that could be impacted by the flood waters include Lincoln County Road 318 near La Barge and Whalen Road.
At 330 PM Friday, the New Fork River near Big Piney was up to 7.8 feet. This reading is just below Flood Stage of 8.0 feet but still above Action Stage of 7.0 feet. The river level is expected to fluctuate between about 7.9 and 7.1 feet through the weekend, falling below action stage by Sunday night.
Recreation of any kind is strongly discouraged on or along either the Green or New Fork rivers and their tributaries.
Even with cooler weather expected for this weekend, this flood warning may eventually be extended through Sunday due to the continued high water on the Green River near La Barge.
Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.