Fund established to help with disaster relief as a result of canal breach

A breach of the Ft. Laramie Canal in Wyoming has left producers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska without water until repairs can be made.

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation district will be hosting a public meeting Monday (Aug. 12) at 10 a.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center (4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff) to update farmers and landowners on the repair of the July 17 tunnel collapse and canal breach that disrupted water deliveries to irrigation district customers.

Water delivery has been interrupted to about 55,000 acres of cropland in the Gering-Fort Laramie district and more than 50,000 acres under the Goshen Irrigation District, in Wyoming, served by the canal.

A livestream (Zoom) link will be available on a website that Nebraska and Wyoming Extension have set up to provide resources for irrigators affected by the tunnel collapse. The link will allow people to view the meeting live on their computers. The website is https://go.unl.edu/canal

Read more about the collapse and available resources here: https://go.unl.edu/canal

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