Mar 27, 2011 4:31 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Wyo. high snowpack levels bring flooding concerns

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming climatologists say they're grateful for above-average snowpack levels to help with drought conditions but they're wary about potential flooding.

Several basins were listed as "high" risk for flooding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecast is for when snow melts in the spring.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Sunday that the Upper Bear River is the basin with the highest level snowpack with 135 percent of average. The lowest levels were the Belle Fourche and Wind River basins with 104 percent of average.

State officials say the high snowpack levels are reason to be cautious because last year snowpack levels were at 86 percent of normal.
Information from: Casper Star-Tribune - Casper,

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