Hudson hit hard overnight with flood waters; Emergency leaders prep for more

This morning, emergency management leaders and elected officials from across Wyoming met at the Lander Fire Hall to plan for the day's worth of flood water protection and damage assessments. So far, about 50 homes in the Lander, Hudson and Wind River Reservation areas have been evacuated due to high waters. The American Red Cross set up a shelter in Ethete for residences affected by the water, nine families have been put up in local hotels, and at least four more were requesting assistance as of this morning. Hudson was hit especially hard with a significant portion of the west side homes receiving standing water. Officials report that the wells that feed the Hudson water plant were likely flooded over, so assessment of the condition of the town's water will happen today. Prevention efforts will be focused on parts of the reservation, Hudson and Riverton areas. As those waters are expected to rise today. The Little Wind River has already reached past the flood stage, is expected to crest about a foot over flood stage this afternoon, and likely won't recede below flood stage until tomorrow evening. In Lander today, focus will be put on damage assessments and the sewer system. Across town, basements have been flooding due to high ground water and an overloaded sewer system. City public works crews will continue to work getting the system operating fully again. Rain is expected to end this evening, National Weather Service's Chris Jones said, and as long as it stays cloudy, rainfall amounts should be slow. However, should the sun come out, that could feed the clouds more quickly, resulting in heavier rainfall. Right now the forecast shows relatively cool temperatures throughout the rest of the week, which should keep snowmelt runoff at a slow and controlled pace. The Sweetwater River is expected to get the bulk of the rain today and will likely see flooding. The incident command team also discussed safety practices, communication methods, documentation requirements and other details necessary for eventually reporting on the totality of the flood's costs. #county10 #news