SHERIDAN — Flooding along the Little Bighorn River forced the closure of Interstate 90 from Ranchester to Hardin over the weekend.
Wyoming Department of Transportation recommends a detour via Wyoming Highway 338 (Decker Road).
The Crow Tribe Executive Branch has declared a state of emergency. In the declaration, the tribal Chairman, Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid Jr., said the flooding is due largely to heavy rainfall and warming weather creating snowmelt. He also said flooding is expected to occur throughout the coming weeks.
An incident command center has been set up at the Crow Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs and a Red Cross shelter was established at the First United Methodist Church in Hardin. A water distribution center was also set up at the fire hall south of Little Big Horn College Campus in Crow Agency.
The National Weather Service has warned drivers to avoid flooded roadways, as the roads may be washed out under flood waters. Officials also warn area residents to stay clear of ice-impacted waterways and river banks.
The NWS out of Billings, Montana, has indicated warm temperatures in the middle of the week will rapidly melt any remaining lower elevation snow. Those temperatures will then be followed by heavy, wet snow Wednesday night into early Friday, potentially adding to flooding concerns.