The Bitterroot River has reached flood stage at the USGS gauge south of Darby.

Wednesday morning, the river level at Darby was 7.66, slightly above flood stage of 7.5 feet. The prediction is that the level may rise to about 8 feet within the next few days.

Meanwhile, the gauge at Bell Crossing, downstream near Victor, was at 9.88 early Wednesday, still below flood stage there at 11 feet.

Even so, lowland flooding along the river has been noted throughout the Bitterroot Valley and officials are urging caution to people near the river. Almost all fishing access sites have been closed by the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks and the department is recommending people stay off the river until the high water subsides.

KLYQ Radio will keep you updated with reports, especially during the daily news show Bitterroot Morning at 7:30 a.m., which is also streamed live on line and on the free app Radio Pup on your cell phone.