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Gov. Gordon activates National Guard to assist with flood occurring from Lingle canal breach

Gov. Mark Gordon answers questions during the Republican Politics in the Park event at the Lions Park Amphitheater in Cheyenne on Thursday. (Lisa Hushbeck/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In response to flooding that’s occurring in Lingle due to a canal breach near the town, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Friday afternoon that he was mobilizing the National Guard to assist in relief efforts.

In a news release from the governor’s office, Gordon said that Secretary of State Edward Buchanan was on the scene assessing the damage in and around Lingle — a small town of under 500 people in Goshen County — after the Interstate Canal just outside the town broke open Friday morning, flooding portions of Lingle and forcing residents to evacuate.

The Goshen County Commissioners have issued an emergency declaration in response to the flooding. Sandbags have been placed in the breach throughout Friday, of which the Laramie County Fire Authority has assisted in the relief efforts by helping deliver sandbags to the breach site.

“I want to thank our state agencies for their quick response to this concerning situation and I praise them for their hard work and dedication to help minimize the impact on our citizens and communities there,” Gordon said. “Thanks to the quick and competent response from our state agencies, including the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and the State Engineer’s Office, we were able to rapidly respond to the situation.”


Gordon also noted that he’s been in contact with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts as much of the water in the canal flows to Wyoming’s neighbor. Lingle is located about 20 minutes west of the Nebraska border.

The release stated that water from the canal is expected to continue flowing for the next 12 hours as it was full prior to diversion. A portion of U.S. Route 26 was closed to traffic in the area Friday morning, per police reports, but it is unclear if the closure is still active.