Emergency management coordinator announces pre-flood meetings


With potential flooding looming in the Platte Valley, Riverside Town Council members were reminded of upcoming meetings to help prepare for such a disaster.

Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator John Zeiger told the council Thursday evening he would be holding “pre-planning flood meetings” soon in Saratoga and Baggs. The first one is at 5 p.m. April 29, Valley Community Center in Baggs. The second meeting takes place at 10 a.m. May 1 at Saratoga Town Hall.

According to NOAA State Hydrologist Jim Fahey, moderate to high potential for spring flooding because of snowmelt is expected along the Encampment River near Encampment and Riverside, the North Platte River at Saratoga and the Little Snake River Valley near Savery and Baggs. Fahey said the potential for flooding this spring is greater in Riverside than in other areas of the Platte Valley.

Zeiger said they have “Incident Command Teams” formed within Carbon County, and that the town of Riverside should be informed and prepared as best as possible.

“Last week when I was at Cheyenne they had a template evacuation plan, and I just went through and made one for the county, one for Saratoga, one for Baggs and one for Riverside,” he said. “I’ll be getting sandbags up when we decide how many we think we need to get up here. Bill [Nation] has a truck and front end loader ready to go, and that will be ready to be here. He said when we get close and we’re ready, he’ll bring in a load of sand if you guys have a place we can dump it.”

The council also passed Ordinance 219, the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget amendment, on its first reading. Riverside Town Clerk Jan Cook said the numbers were still preliminary, and that two more readings were required before the budget is passed in June.

The next regular Riverside Town Council meeting is at 6 p.m. May 8 at Riverside Town Hall.


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