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Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone expected to reach historic high levels

Posted at 11:12 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 01:12:12-04

Carbon county authorities, lawmakers and Disaster and Emergency Services experts met in Fromberg Monday night, as the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is expected to reach record flood stage in Carbon and Yellowstone Counties.

Monday night the water was nearing 9 feet. It’s projected to crest at 9.5 feet. The previous record 9.3 feet.

Because the Clarks Fork drainage snow pack is at 124%, the town of Fromberg is of primary concern, as quite a bit of the town is within the projected floodplain. 

There are sand bags on pallets at the Fromberg Fire Hall which are ready to move out to wherever needed. 

Plus authorities have set evacuation plans for everything east of 3rd Street if the river rises to a predetermined point.

Other areas of concern are the sewage lagoons and water intakes of Fromberg, Belfry, Bridger, and Edgar. 

If evacuations become necessary in Fromberg, the high school gym will be a point of refuge.