Flash Flood Watch in effect until Saturday afternoon

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Possible flash flooding, similar to last Wednesday as pictured here in Rock Springs, could occur again today or Saturday as more rain is expected. (Submitted photo)

July 30, 2021 — The Sweetwater County area could experience more flash flooding today and Saturday, with more showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. Local rains could be heavy at times. As a result, the National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Rock Springs, Green River, East Sweetwater County, and Flaming Gorge. The watch is in effect until Saturday afternoon.

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Other areas in the watch zone include the Green Mountains and Rattlesnake Range, Wind River Mountains East, and Wind River Mountains West, Jackson Hole, Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains, South Lincoln County, the Salt River ,and Wyoming Ranges, Star Valley, Upper Green River Basin, and Upper Green River Basin Foothills.

Sandbags available. To mitigate any further flooding issues due to continued heavy rainfall in Rock Springs through the end of the week and over the weekend, Sweetwater County Emergency Management, in coordination with county and city officials, are providing sand and sandbags available to the public free of charge at the following locations:

  1. The vacant lot at the corner of White Mountain Boulevard and Sweetwater Drive;
  2. The vacant lot next to (west of) the Rock Springs Family Recreation Center across from Whitewater Drive;
  3. The Veterans Park parking lot, located at 100 North Side Belt Route; and
  4. The vacant lot at the corner of Blair Avenue and Alder Street.

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These locations are unstaffed, and area residents will need to bring a shovel or other tools to bag and haul their own sand. Those taking advantage of this free resource are asked to please take only as much sand and as many sandbags as you need. The average home can be effectively protected with approximately 20 to 25 sandbags.

See the local seven-day forecast here.

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