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Mon June 14, 2010
Planning kept Lander flooding damage from being worse
By Molly Messick
Lander, Wy – The flooding in and around Lander is stressing the city's water supply, threatening homes and closing roads. But Lander-based media consultant Ernie Over says the damage could have been much worse if not for some foresight. He says that a decade ago, Fremont County received money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program called Project Impact. That funding was used to purchase heavy-duty earth moving equipment and to strengthen the infrastructure.
"The Second Street bridge in Lander was elevated about five feet and re-built, and an abutment in the middle of it was removed so it's a clear span now. And had that not happened there would have been much more serious flooding in the community of Lander."
More evacuations occurred throughout the county over the weekend, and flooding will continue this week.