MISSOULA COUNTY ISSUES EVACUATION WARNING AND FLOODING UPDATE
Based on the high water levels and the possibility that it could continue to rise in the coming hours, County Officials suggest that residents in significantly affected areas secure alternate housing accommodations. The longer citizens wait, the greater the possibility of increasing hazards and more dangerous conditions for them and emergency responders. The High Water Public Information Line (258-4636) can provide residents with guidelines to follow when evacuating their homes.
Currently, the Clark Fork River is expected to level off tomorrow. The river is projected to crest at 12.6 feet within 24 to 36 hours. The Bitterroot River is cresting currently. Both rivers will remain running very high for the foreseeable future.
Public Works staff continue to work with residents on Tower, 3rd, and Reserve Streets in providing sand bags. Supervisors and Sheriff’s Deputies remain on call 24 hours a day to visit affected areas and identify areas that need additional assistance.
Citizens interested in volunteering to fill sandbags and help residents should contact the service organizations or churches with which they currently volunteer. The United Way is asking those service groups to appoint a single point of contact and notify the United Way of established groups ready to help.
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300 Roundup Residents Cut Off Due To Flooding
Authorities say 300 Roundup residents are cut off after record level flooding washed out part of a road.
Roundup Emergency Official Jeff Gates said Thursday the families cut off are being supplied by boat until the road can be repaired.
Gates says a helicopter will be ready Friday morning for emergency services if needed.
The Milk and Musselshell rivers were receding Thursday after reaching record levels this week, flooding streets and homes in Glasgow and Roundup.
Flooding is also being reported from the Clark Fork River near Missoula and the Sun River in central Montana.
High waters are expected to continue to in several areas through the weekend due to more rain and melting snowpack.
Story from The Associated Press