Moderate rain prompts flood concerns


A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for small streams in Granite and Ravalli Counties. Heavy rain has fallen and will continue to fall over the area. In Granite County Boulder creek and tributaries of Rock creek will flood. In Ravalli County, the following creeks are anticipated to flood Burnt Creek, Three Mile Creek and Sawmill Creek. Other streams and creeks could also flood in Ravalli and Granite counties as up to three inches of rain has already fallen.

Some locations that will experience flooding include... Drummond, Philipsburg, Florence, Nimrod, Maxville, Porters Corner, Skalkaho Pass, Princeton, New Chicago, Bearmouth, Quigley and Hall.Small Stream Flood Advisory for Granite, Powell, Deer Lodge, and Silver Bow counties through Tuesday. Heavy rain will cause creeks to be close to their banks and cause standing water in low-lying areas. Avoid flooded roadways.

All of southwest Montana along with Great Falls, Lewistown, and parts of Granite, Powell, Ravalli, and Missoula counties will be under a FLOOD WATCH until early Wednesday morning. People in areas that could be subject to flooding should closely monitor conditions and look out for any flood warnings issued in the next couple of days.

River levels will jump 1 to 2 feet by Thursday. Minor flood stage or action stage is possible on many rivers in the region due to the rain. Moderate to major flood stage is possible for parts of the Salmon and Jefferson Rivers. The Clark Fork, Big Hole, and Bitterroot Rivers will also be ones to watch. If you're in a flood-prone area, now is the time to get prepared.

The forecast beyond Tuesday is a lot sunnier with only occasional afternoon showers from Thursday into the beginning of next weekend. Highs will be in the 70s with lows in the 40s through Sunday with the exception of Friday when highs should only be in the 60s.

Ravalli County residents can pick up sand ags at the following locations:

-Victor Fire Station in Victor.

-Corvallis Fire Station #1 on Woodside Cutoff Rd.

-Stevensville Fire Westside Station at the Stevensville Wye behind Subway.

Residents are responsible for filling and transportation of the sandbags. Please keep the following safety messages in mind:

Avoid areas of high water and flooding, including area streams, ditches, and the Bitterroot River. Ensure the safety of your children and animals by keeping them away from hazardous areas. Observe any road closures or detours- they are in place for your safety.

Roadway hazards or flooding may be reported to the Ravalli County Road Department at 363-2733 or the Ravalli County 911 Center at 363-3033.

Dial 911 for life threatening emergencies.

The Office of Emergency Management may be contacted for further information during normal business hours at 375-6655.

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