Butte-Silver Bow under flood advisory


BUTTE, Mont. - The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Butte with rivers and streams projected to rise.

Dan Dennehy, the director of the Office of Emergency Management, says this rain is a problem, particularly in Blacktail Creek, which runs through the heart of town.

"Right now the water levels are below flood stag,e but that could change quickly with more rain," Dennehy said.

The Butte Public Works Department is giving out sandbags to anyone who needs them.

Officials are also warning people that this is a very dangerous time to be on or near rivers and streams. They're moving fast right now.

"We're just asking people to be very vigilant when around small streams and our rivers," Dennehy said. "Melrose and the Big Hole river -- they're also below flood stage at this time, but that will probably move into an action or a minor flood stage probably tomorrow."

Black Tail Creek hit flood stage six years ago. Butte is not at that level right now. Dennehy says it all depends on the rain.

The flood advisory is scheduled to remain in effect through 10 p.m. Tuesday.