Flooding feared in small towns

Severe storms drenched some parts of the Great Plains with nearly 10-inches of rain

May 24, 2008


Heavy rains across the Great Plains this week have sparked fears of major flooding from Wyoming to the Dakotas.

In the small town of Kaycee in Johnson County, Wyoming, residents piled sandbags along the Middle Fork of the Powder River. The sandbags held Friday but more heavy rain was predicted this weekend.

The last major flood to hit the community of 250 residents was in 2002 when more than 80 percent of the town was damaged when heavy rains forced the river from its banks.

Friday night emergency officials closed all highway underpasses and warned residents to be prepared to leave their homes in Grand Island, NE. Significant flooding was reported across the southern part of Cozad damaging homes and businesses.

And near Rapid City, SD, residents were preparing for the possibility of major flooding along Black Hills streams


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