Clark Fork River Residents on High Flooding Alert
Flooding woes deepen, as Montana braces for more rain.
North Central Montana began the week with road closures, damaged homes and a full-fledged state of emergency in some areas, as major rivers and streams swelled with melting snow and fresh spring rains. By Monday afternoon, Governor Brian Schweitzer issued a statewide flood emergency declaration. Farther South, Fergus County has recorded the highest rainfall totals in the past five days, causing significant flooding. The National Weather service has declared a flood warning for the Clark Fork River. As of 2:30 Tuesday afternoon the river, above Missoula, was at 9.8 feet, the flood stage is 10 feet according to meteorologist Bob Nester.
Nester says the rain should let up this evening and Wednesday day will be fairly dry compared to what we have been seeing but there is a large system of rainfall moving in Wednesday evening throughout Western Montana.