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Governor Gordon requests Disaster Declaration for 5 Wyoming counties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is officially reaching out for federal aid after an early season storms wreaked havoc on highway infrastructure and devastated numerous ag producers.

Governor Mark Gordon sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting a Disaster Designation for five Wyoming counties where agriculture producers were impacted by powerful early-season snowstorms.

The request covers Laramie, Goshen, Platte, Park and Big Horn counties. The scale, severity and timing of freezing and snow events that occurred in October were devastating to crops, particularly sugar beets. While producers did their best to maximize their harvest, damage from the storms was severe.

Damage to power poles in eastern Wyoming/western Nebraska from a post-Thanksgiving storm was significant. High West Energy reports some 300 poles were broken. More than half have already been replaced by the power company. Photo: High West Energy // Chad Schaefermore
Damage to power poles in eastern Wyoming/western Nebraska from a post-Thanksgiving storm was significant. High West Energy reports some 300 poles were broken. More than half have already been replaced by the power company. Photo: High West Energy // Chad Schaefermore

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