Volunteers, others work to hold back North Platte

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Volunteers, National Guard members and others are filling and piling sandbags along the swollen North Platte River in Carbon County in south-central Wyoming.

Melting snow and recent rains have sent the river out of its banks. The river is expected to come close to reaching the record flood stage in Saratoga on Saturday.

County emergency management coordinator John Zeiger says crews filled some 15,000 sandbags on Wednesday and about 60,000 altogether this week.

Sandbags are being stacked along the river in Saratoga and other areas to protect property.

Zeiger says officials also are watching the Encampment River, which is causing minor flooding.

Elsewhere, the National Weather Service reports flooding along the Wind River at Riverton and Dubois, and along other creeks and streams in Washakie and Big Horn counties.

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