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Big Horn County warns of river danger as Buffalo Bill Dam at capacity

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Officials from the Big Horn County Sheriff’s office, as well as Big Horn County Emergency Manager LaRae Dobbs, are warning people to take precaution while visiting the Shoshone River. The river will be at capacity, they say.

“We have received information from the Bureau of Reclamation that as of 10:31am today, June 29, 2020 they released several thousand cubic feet of water from the Buffalo Bill Dam as it is at full capacity,” Big Horn County officials said in a joint release.

The volume of water will reportedly increase the water level of the Shoshone River in Big Horn County to approximately 7,000 cubic feet per second, not counting the rainfall.

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Officials go on to say this will put the Shoshone River at near capacity for some time.

“Please be careful with children around the river as this is not a normal level for this time of year,” the Monday statement said. “Also watch out for livestock and any equipment in low lying areas. Be cautious with recreation activities for the immediate future until levels are normal again.”