This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state. Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages. The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010. But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.
Wyoming reservoirs have been spilling over with run-off from the heavy snowpack. But Bureau of Reclamation area manager Coleman Smith says they’re doing their job—capturing flood waters to reduce damage downstream.
He says when the flood waters hit Buffalo Bill Reservoir it was touch and go for a while. “We were actually releasing 400,000 cubic feet a second out of--it was going through Cody—which is a tremendous amount of water. And the Emergency Manager up there for Park County was keeping a close eye on it.”