The newly formed river in Lander as it takes a brief jaunt on Shoshone Avenue before continuing on South Sixth Street. Joshua Scheer photo.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The frigid, sub-zero temperatures have begun to take their toll in Lander, causing a gusher of a water break on the 800 block of South Sixth Street. The break’s source is somewhere near the southern end of the block, near Cross Street.
The water that flowed from the break has created a temporary and slushy river through the south side of town. The flow starts at the break source, streams north on Sixth, takes a jog east briefly on Shoshone Avenue before following Sixth downhill some more all the way to Cascade Street. At Cascade, the majority of the flow turns west, pooling significantly in spots, before turning North again on Seventh Street. At the time of this writing the stream had nearly reached Popo Agie Street.
City crews have begun to break through the asphalt to reach the broken line. The water to the line has been pinched off up stream to stop the flow. Impact to area residents and how long it might take to repair the break are unknown at this time. More information will be posted when it comes available.