By Liz Wood 

In a slough of trouble

Elk Mountain battles rising slough/river


Liz Wood

Spec. 4 Chris Hoskins, front, and Spec. 4 Lynn Himes were part of the team assigned to Elk Mountain Friday night. The team worked past dusk laying sandbags along the Hadsell slough and Medicine Bow River.

Friday morning, the Army Corp of Engineers inspected the Hadsell Slough and told Elk Mountain Mayor Morgan Irene and Public Works Director Gary Martinez he expected the slough to raise a foot overnight.

Elk Mountain is surrounded by water, with the Medicine Bow River on the east side of the town and the slough on the west side.

Four critical areas were identified, and Martinez was informed that the National Guard stationed in Saratoga would be sending troops to help with the flood effort.

Martinez, who moved to Elk Mountain from Arizona, had never dealt with a flood. He said he knew he need...

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