Canal breach causes significant flooding and many evacuated

Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 9:27 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A canal breach caused major flooding in the town of Lingle, Wyoming.

This occurred at approximately 6:00am on July 1st.

Hundreds of local business owners, church, community people, school personal, local ranchers and farmers came to help fill sandbags at North Hills Baptist Church. Local law enforcement, fire, emergency crew and assist emergency members are working to control traffic.

Officials are saying that this is a significant situation due to the flooding and many are being evacuated.

Areas South of Lucerne Ditch are at risk, a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter landed at the North Hills Baptist Church to carry a large tote bag of sand to pour over the flooded area weighting roughly 1000lbs.

Jeremy Beck Sergeant Highway Patrol, Wyoming says “The Wyoming highway Patrol was notified this morning a little bit before 6:00am of the canal breach this was just West of Lingle, Wyoming. Units responded were able to see that flooding had occurred and was over the road in US-26 West of Lingle, the road was shut down we are actively out there on US-26 West of Lingle the road is shut down both East and West bound lanes traffic has been diverted over to highway 157.”

Chuck Kenyon City of Torrington: Emergency Management Coordinator says “The water has been slowly moving towards the community in Lingle, we have taken action to divert the water from the community there are evacuations zones within the community that we asked people to leave their houses in case the water does get into the community.”

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter landing at North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle, Wyoming.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter landing at North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle, Wyoming.(Angel Alvarez)
At approximately 6:00am on July 1st significant flooding occurred in Lingle, Wyoming causing...
At approximately 6:00am on July 1st significant flooding occurred in Lingle, Wyoming causing many to evacuate.(Angel Alvarez)

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