Stevensville homeowner still coping with flood


STEVENSVILLE, Mont. - Water levels in the Bitterroot Valley have gone down after flooding this week, but some homeowners are still coping with high water.

For Brenda Morton and her brother, Dan Bone, who live off Middle Burnt Fork Road near Stevensville, flood waters are still posing a headache.

Morton is a retired nurse, and her brother has an auto detailing business. But there has been no business this week.

Bone has been hauling rock to shore up the driveway. Much of it washed away.

"Right now," said Morton, "we're at a standstill with all this water, because it is still coming down."

She said water levels have gone down quite a bit. But water is still rushing across her property.

She said her house is fine. It sits on a knoll. But neither she nor her brother have had much sleep this week.

Most of the damage is to fences and the roadway.

"My blacktop," said Morton, "and there are three or four holes in my driveway. Plus I've lost topsoil and sand and gravel off of it."

Morton does not have flood insurance. She said she will probably enlist family members to help out.

She can't wait for this water to leave so she can get back to normal.

She's sick about her garden. It's been washed away to bare rock.