RANCHESTER — Connor Battlefield Park in Ranchester is completely under water as snow has melted and the Tongue River has risen over its banks.
Town of Ranchester Head of Maintenance Tim Brewer said the park has been submerged, as it often is in the spring, since Friday. Nearby Wolf Creek Road (County Road 67) has had water running over it for the past couple days.
The road was closed Wednesday, and Brewer reported more than 5 inches of water were flowing over the road this morning.
“This is normal; it happens every year,” Brewer said. “We’re down in this hole, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Brewer said several nearby houses have water in their yards but that no one has had to leave their homes. More than 1,000 sand bags have been filled to prevent flood damage.
“We’re just plugging along out here,” Brewer said.
The Sheridan County Public Works Department announced today that Wolf Creek Road was closed south of Ranchester and that the public is asked to find alternative routes. The road will be continually monitored and opened as soon as possible once waters recede, Public Works Director Rod Liesinger said in a media release.
“Also the traveling public is asked to use caution on other county roads as we have had reports of trees down across county roads and in the right of way. Please contact our Public Works office if you are aware of any downed trees in the county road right-of-way,” Liesinger said.
Anyone in need of sand bags may fill them at the County Road and Bridge Maintenance Shop, located at 48 Short Rd. in Sheridan, or at Ranchester Town Hall. Call the County Public Works office at 674-2920 or Ranchester Town Hall at 655-2283 for more information or to check on the status of Wolf Creek Road.