May 14, 2011 2:17 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - A rising North Platte River has prompted the town of Saratoga to build a 3-foot berm to protect the town from predicted flooding.
Saratoga is building a 3-foot berm of plastic-wrapped dirt and sandbags on both sides of the river. Mayor John Zeiger says the berm is a precaution after predictions the river could rise 18 inches to 2 feet higher than last spring.
The National Weather Service has said there could be low-level flooding in the Little Snake River Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. By mid-week, he said, the North Platte could be a half-foot from reaching flood stage.
Zeiger tells The Rawlins Times that he'd rather see his town of about 2,000 people overreact than face flood damage. The mayor is also the Carbon County Emergency Management coordinator.
Information from: Rawlins Daily Times,
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