Dubois slide still moving, constricted river backing up behind the slide
(Dubois, Wyo.) – The landslide constricting the Wind River west of Dubois is still moving today, said Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Kathi Metzler. “A spring in the middle of the side hill is causing the problem, and it is being fueled by the heavy precipitation the area received this past winter and in the spring,” she said.
The slide is not a new one. In a call at noon today with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, Metzler said she learned the area was first identified as slide prone by the Corps in 1951. “The problem we have is that the slide is on private property, which limits our options,” Metzler said. “However, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with the property owners on a potential solution.”
The slide, now 10 days on, keeps squeezing the river. What was a 30 foot wide river is now less than seven feet across, with water backing up behind it. The river has been eroding a portion of the slide away, but with a length of about 100 yards, not much material is being swept downstream.
The Wind River is running clear above the slide, but the water is murky below the slide, indicating that some erosion is taking place.
“At this point, Homeland Security is out of the picture. The NRCS is putting a report together to send to its national office to see what, if anything, can be done to help the residents,” she said.
Both the Army Corps and NRCS personnel have put eyes on the slide, along with local officials.