The City of Gillette encourages the public to observe Flash Flood Awareness and move to higher ground during severe storms. Avoid areas subject to flooding, such as canyons, dips, drainages, and washes.
The seven-day weather forecast predicts thunderstorms for the next several days. Therefore, the City of Gillette encourages the public to follow the National Weather Service's "Turn Around Don't Drown" program:
- Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes canyons, dips, drainages, low spots, washes etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams or drainages. Turn Around Don't Drown
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown™
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
"We are seeing an unusual severity of storms in northeast Wyoming this year. The storms are similar to the monsoons in the Southwest. These storms are dropping a lot of water, very quickly, onto a very small area, and that runoff puts a lot of water into the City's stormwater system," said Public Information Officer Joe Lunne. He added, "Water is a powerful force, and the best thing to do is follow the National Weather Service tips. If you witness any issues with the City's Stormwater System (clogged drainage, water overflowing the stormwater channel, etc.), contact the Police Department at (307) 682-5155 and a Public Works crew will be dispatched to the scene. In the meantime, keep your distance from the stormwater."
For more information contact Public Information Officer Joe Lunne at (307) 686-5393.