SWEETWATER COUNTY – Torrents of water poured into Sweetwater County on Wednesday, and similar storms may strike the community.
The National Weather Service office in Riverton issued a hazardous weather outlook advising that scattered showers and thunderstorms with possible heavy rain and flash flooding might happen again Thursday afternoon and continue through the weekend.
Sweetwater County Emergency Management worked in coordination with Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater County Search and Rescue, Sweetwater County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Fire Department and Rock Springs Police Department to distribute nearly 1,000 sandbags to residents in the areas of Rock Springs hardest hit by flooding during Wednesday night’s intense storm.
“We are urging the community to plan ahead and prepare for more possible storms in the coming days,” said Judy Roderick, Sweetwater County’s emergency management coordinator.
“Our focus right now is on replenishing our supply of sandbags to make-up for those we distributed last night, and we strongly encourage county residents who live in areas prone to flooding to have sandbags on hand before heavy rain begins.”
Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Mower added, “We do have a limited number of sandbags available for free to Rock Springs residents on the west end of town who are still dealing with flooding after last night.”
Mower encouraged those affected residents, primarily between Stagecoach Boulevard and Clearview Acres and west of Sweetwater Drive toward Summit Drive and White Mountain, to contact Roderick at emergency management at 307-922-5371 for more information.