Draft Flood Risk Management Plan for Popo Agie River in Lander, WY to Be Discussed During Virtual Public Meeting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, in cooperation with the City of Lander, will host a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Apr. 9, to gather input on the recommended plan for the Popo Agie River Flood Risk Management Study. The purpose of the study is to reduce flood risk and improve public safety along the Popo Agie River and Dickinson Creek in Lander, Wyoming.
The online meeting will begin at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time) and can be accessed at https://usace.webex.com/meet/rachel.c.shrader. In addition to logging on to the website to view the slide presentation, participants will need to call in to listen to the audio portion of the meeting. To access the audio, dial 1-888-363-4735 and enter the following information when prompted: Access Code (2110837#) and Security Code (1234#).
The City and Corps will host a test run on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time to ensure residents and others interested in the project are able to successfully access the webinar. Information on the study and the virtual public meeting can be viewed at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Planning-Projects/LanderWY/.
Up-to-date meeting details will be available on the project web site or by calling RaJean Strube Fossen with the City of Lander at (307) 332-2870 ext. 2 or Rachel Shrader with USACE Omaha District at (402) 995-2306.
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.