Gallatin Co. warns residents to be prepared for spring flooding


MISSOULA, Mont. - Gallatin County is warning residents to be prepared for upcoming spring flooding.

"Southwest Montana is rapidly approaching spring runoff, and once this occurs the possibility of flooding will be present," said Patrick Lonergan, with Gallatin County Emergency Management.

Lonergan reminded residents that once flooding season begins it's often too late protect your home and property.

To help prepare, the county suggests you speak with your insurance agents about flood insurance -- especially since it takes 30 days for a flood insurance policy to take effect.

Officials also suggest preparing any waterways around your property so they can accommodate as much water as possible.

"We recommend clearing ditches and culverts of any debris that may have formed over the winter," Lonergan said.

Larger projects likely require permits, he said.

More information is available on Gallatin County's website.