The Laramie River in Laramie is now above the flood stage of eight feet.

According to the National Weather Service, the river is expected to crest at about 8.1 feet and will likely fall below flood stage at about 6 p.m. on Monday.

At the river’s current level, access to Chimney Lamp Road Bridge may become impossible. Water will begin to encroach on the greenway at the intersection of Park and Spruce Streets. In Addition, houses next to greenway along the right bank may have water over low lying areas.

Due to the flooding, portions of the Greenbelt Trail will remain closed until further notice.

Travelers should avoid driving through water on any roadways. People are advised to stay away from the river banks and to not enter the fast moving water. The surface of the river may appear to be slow moving, but the current is strong and can carry people downstream. In addition, the high water can often cover debris in the river, creating a dangerous situation for those in the water.

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