Storms Cause Flooding Throughout Sheridan County

May 30, 2019

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The National Weather Service in Billings has extended a flood warning for Sheridan County after this week's storm caused major flooding throughout the area.

Reports of flooding came in during the early hours of Tuesday morning. There have been numerous reports of flooding on roads, bridges and near homes and buildings throughout the county in areas near Goose Creek and Tongue River. The towns of Sheridan, Story, Bighorn, Ranchester and Dayton are also affected.

Bruce Edwards, emergency management coordinator for Sheridan County, said even though the forecast calls for warm temperatures and clear skies this week, it could mean more flooding.

"If it does that for a couple of days, then the snow that was produced at elevation, out of the storm, plus the winter season's worth of snow, it's going to start working its way out of the mountains. So even though we're over the intense rain event, we still have some water to come out of the mountains," he said.

The extent of damage is not known yet, Edwards said.

"We're still working on that. It's going to be a while before what roads are damaged and then what the repair costs are going to be," he said.

The county has already surveyed some parts of the affected areas and seen damage to multiple roads, including Pass Creek Road.

Edwards says residents should not go onto roads that have been closed off and to be aware of the weather.

The county will continue to update its road openings and closures list.