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Popo Agie River flood risk alternatives to be discussed at public meeting in Lander, Wyoming

Published Nov. 30, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the City of Lander, will hold an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to gather public input on preliminary alternatives currently being evaluated to reduce flood risk and improve public safety along the Popo Agie River and Dickinson Creek in Lander, Wyoming. 

The meeting will take place from 5:30-7 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m., at the Community and Convention Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive, Lander, WY. Residents and others interested in the project will have the opportunity to learn more about how the flood risk management study has progressed since the August 2016 public scoping meeting and provide input on each of the preliminary alternatives. Information on the study can be viewed at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Planning-Projects/LanderWY/

BACKGROUND: The City of Lander has experienced frequent flooding since the late 1800s with the most recent event on June 5, 2010. Mountain snowpack melted quicker than usual due to a sudden warm-up, which was compounded by rain, and as a result, the Popo Agie River flooded in Lander. The Corps assisted with flood fight efforts by providing emergency management resources and construction of flood protection measures. While flooding caused damages and resulted in significant emergency expenditures at various levels of government, the river did not reach record levels. 

For more information about the public meeting, contact RaJean Strube Fossen with the City of Lander at (307) 332-2870 ext. 2 or Ron Beyer with USACE Omaha District at (402) 995-2748.

Omaha District PAO

Release no. 17-105