Wyoming snowpack promises to fill reservoirs

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The snowpack in Wyoming continues to rise as wet spring storms add to already sizeable mountain snow accumulations but officials say reservoirs in the state should have the capacity to hold runoff and prevent major flooding.

Lee Hackleman is water supply specialist with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in Casper. He issued a statement on Monday saying the statewide snowpack is 164 percent of average, up from only 57 percent at this time last year.

Hackleman says the last time Wyoming saw this level of snowpack at this time of year was 2011.

Coleman Smith is manager of the Wyoming Area Office for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Smith says the last two water years have been so poor they've left reservoirs in the state severely depleted.

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