Pinedale welcoming those displaced by Yellowstone flooding


WYOMING – Amid historic flooding throughout the upper Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, people across Sublette County have mobilized to help those displaced.

Jim Mitchell of Sublette County EMS said a plan was put into place on Monday to compile a list of RV parks in the area for potential locations for evacuated tourists. Once those spots are full, RVs are welcome to park at the Sublette County Fairgrounds.

Tent campers are being referred to Jackson Avenue Park by Town of Pinedale staff.

The county visitor’s center has been involved in plans and the Wyoming Office of Tourism included Pinedale in a list of alternative areas for those displaced by the flooding.

As of late Wednesday, Bridger-Teton Forest Service spokesperson Evan Guzik said they haven’t seen increased traffic in the forest yet. They have received an influx of calls and have spaces for those interested.

“It’s more than double what it normally is in June,” Guzik said of the call volume. “We’re directing people where to go.”

Brad Purdy of the Bureau of Land Management said he hadn’t heard of flocking tourists to BLM campgrounds. He said there are still spots available. He’s also aware the residual runoff has raised water levels in Sublette County, although those levels don’t raise concern.

Those hoping to help those affected by the flooding can do so by calling the Montana Red Cross at 800-HELP-NOW or by visiting its website. The Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund has been established to support communities affected. It is open for donations by visiting the Greater Gallatin United Way website or by texting ‘Flood22’to 41444. The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation is also accepting donations via its website, www.rlacf.org.

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