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Flood worries rise as more snow falls on Sheridan

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Wyoming's snowpack is well above average and the spring snow melt is already creating problems for some.

"We have groundwater coming in the basement," said Peg Martin of Sheridan.

Martin lives by goose creek and has sandbags set up all year round.

"The city will bring out more sandbags for us. We're going to have to redo all the sandbags this year," said Martin.

Winter and spring have brought more precipitation than usual, and that's created a strong snowpack along the Powder and Tongue River Basins.

"155 percent of average on the Powder and 144 percent on the Tongue. This time last year the statewide median was 81 percent and today we're 136 percent," said Natural Resources Conservation Service conservationist Andrew Cassiday.

And all that snow on the big horn mountains has people worried.

"Above average snowpack is more worrisome for flooding than average certainly," said Cassiday.

But Cassiday says it's tough to predict how much flooding the area will receive.

"We can have average snowpack and still see flooding or we can have above average and we cannot see any flooding. It really depends on the weather conditions and new precipitation," said Cassiday.

But Martin is certainly planning on flooding to occur this year.

"I bet you'll be able to do some kayaking in the driveway again this year," said Martin.

Cassiday says since October 1, Sheridan County has received about 40 percent more precipitation than normal.

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