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Water spreads across property along Austin Road near Carey, seen in a still photo from a video taken Tuesday by Chris Corwin of Blaine County Emergency Communications.

    Minor flooding is starting in Carey, blocking some roads and threatening traffic along U.S. Highway 20.

Snowmelt and rain are coming down nearby hillsides, overflowing sections of Fish Creek and, for a time, part of the Little Wood River. As of Thursday, Austin and Peck roads were closed and Spud Patch Road was closed to through traffic. That forces some to take alternate routes home but isn’t having major travel impacts yet, Blaine County Road and Bridge Manager Steve Thompson said.

    Carey Public Works Manager Bob Simpson said the Little Wood River also flooded a bit around Carey earlier this week, likely caused by snow blocking channels, but the water has been redirected since.

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