Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has called in the National Guard and several other government agencies to help with major flooding in Niobrara County. Several homes in Lusk are flooded, area drinking water has potentially been contaminated, water is over several roads, and portions of US 18-20 and US 85 have washed away.
Pat Kondas with the Wyoming Red Cross says they have set up a shelter at the county fairgrounds, but only people who are in dire need, or whose homes are already flooded should make the trip.
"They’re telling people right now if you can stay in your home, if it isn’t flooded and you have water to drink and food, don’t drive around town. That it’s better to shelter in place," she says.
Kondas says right now there is a major need for cat and dog food, hay for livestock, potable water, and sterile water for wound care.
Officials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation are in the area to assess damage, but that will not be done until the water recedes. There is no word on when those roads might re-open.