NOTE: County10.com was given access to the Wind River Canyon Monday afternoon for a first hand look at the devastation from dozens of mud and rock slides that crashed down on Highway 20/789 and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail line. The Wind River Canyon highway is closed indefinitely as WYDOT engineers assess the damage from the numerous slides and continue to work at clearing the highway of debris, which had been eight feet deep in some locations.
This photo sent by Jennifer Zengota Hedges was taken this afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm and shows what appears to be a funnel cloud that began to form over Riverton, but quickly dissipated.
The Lander Memorial Day Ceremony was held earlier this morning at 11 at the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The annual Memorial Day Service at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton featured wreath laying at the Veteran’s Memorial, a 21-gun salute and prayers for our men and women in the service and those who had given their lives in defense of the country.
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The Little Popo Agie River’s height dropped several feet last as concerned Lyons Valley residents worked to shore up the banks along their homes.
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(Fremont County, Wyo.) – A minor earthquake magnitude 2.8 (mg/mb) was reported Saturday, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Ethete. The temblor was reported at 2:03 am at a depth of 19.36 km (12 miles). The exact location of event, longitude -108.7915 West, latitude 43.3915 North.
Today we honor the men and woman who have fought, and died, for our freedoms.
(Fremont County, Wyo.) — Memorial Day observances are planned throughout the county today…
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Rainfall totals through noon on Sunday were reported by the National Weather Service office in Riverton. See the totals below:
UPDATE at 7:03 a.m. County10.com has confirmed the railroad cars were empty cars parked along a siding and not from a moving freight train. The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that no train traffic is being allowed through the canyon at this point (obviously). The HSCSO also indicated the BNSF has dispatched crews and equipment to begin clearing the tracks.
Wyoming Department of Transportation Spokesman Cody Beers reports that Wind River Canyon will be closed until further notice due to significant amounts of mud and rock slides.
Fremont County Emergency Management’s Vonda Huish reports that sandbags are now available for pick-up at the Fremont County Vehicle Maintenance shop in Lander.
The National Weather Service Office in Riverton cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for areas around the over-flowing Little Popo Agie and other streams at about 7:48 p.m. The initial warning was set to expire at about 9:30 p.m.
(Pavillion, Wyo.) – Eighteen graduates of the Wind River High School Class of 2015 received their diplomas Sunday afternoon in Pavillion.
UPDATED at 8:08 p.m. Sandbags now available in Lander.
Some rural Fremont County residents are starting to work to protect their property from the rising waters of the Little Popo Agie River.