Livingston flooding prompts state of emergency


LIVINGSTON, Mont. - Livingston officials declared a state of emergency Thursday morning after melting snow flooded creeks and ditches and sent water down city streets.

As of Thursday morning, the areas most impacted in the city are South 9th Street to South 12th Street, from Park Street to the Yellowstone River. The city reports in some areas water is up to two feet deep.

Around 70 people have been evacuated. But emergency workers tell NBC Montana that as of 9:45 a.m. Thursday no homes had taken on water. A shelter has been set up at the Civic Center at 229 River Drive.

The flooding started around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night when the irrigation ditch on north N Street topped its banks. Fleshman Creek is also flooding. Officials are blaming rapid melting of snow.

Sand for sandbags will be available 11:00 a.m. at the fairgrounds. Residents are asked to bring their own bags. Park County set up an information line for residents. That number is 406-223-0165.

Stay with NBC Montana and the First Alert Weather team throughout the day for more on this developing situation.