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Snowmelt causes extensive flooding


March 28, 2019

The waters of Pilgrim Creek back up behind and wash out the East Powderville Road, in this photo taken northeast of Broadus on Monday.

Over the past week, Powder River County has seen a major side effect of the deep snow deposits left during February – flooding.

The effect comes on slowly, first beginning with a trickle in the tiniest rivulets, high in the hills. As the water descends towards the Gulf of Mexico, it picks up power as those rivulets become streams, and eventually become torrents, washing out dikes, dams, and roads. Alternately, the water may serenely expand out over an area once thought un-floodable, only to find its way into resident's basements or flooding a corral, so fresh baby calves chill down in the...

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