Great News for Missoula – No Flooding is Expected This Summer
With the Missoula area on a flood watch for the past several weeks, KGVO received some good news on Tuesday afternoon.
Director of the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management Adriane Beck said due to improved weather conditions, no flooding is expected this season.
“We've been continuing to monitor our flood situation here in Missoula County for going on a month now, so it's been kind of a prolonged flood season for us,” began Director Beck. “But you know, all in all, things are looking really good. The rain that was forecasted and actually occurred over the weekend had us paying extra close attention and at one point, it looked as though that trough of moisture was going to park over the upper Clark Fork basin, but it pushed on North and so we're feeling really good about our situation here in Missoula County for the remainder of the flood season.”
Beck said after looking closely at the current models and statistics, the risk of flood this season has for the most part passed.
“Based on what we are currently seeing and looking at the immediate and prolonged forecasts we're feeling like the worst of our flooding is likely behind us,” she said. “Of course, there's always that variable of Mother Nature, but right now we're not seeing anything in the immediate forecast that would cause us to be concerned.”
Beck said rivers are still running high, fast and cold, so caution is still recommended, however, her agency is now shifting its focus ahead.
“I think it's a good time to just remind folks that the water is really cold right now because it is still snow melt and rivers are running pretty high,” she said. “So just continue to maintain a good situational awareness and an eye of caution when operating and recreating around moving water this time of year. That kind of gets us onto the next focus which is fire season. So we'll start to pay attention to how hot it gets and how dry it gets and we’ll be in touch about that soon, I imagine.”
Beck’s comments are especially welcome to the often flood-affected areas of Tower Street and Kehrwald Drive near the Clark Fork River.