Bitterroot River Water Level Climbs in High Temperatures
Temperatures that reached into the 80s last week brought the Bitterroot River level to within two feet of flood stage at the Bell Crossing river gauge.
The river level has also overwhelmed the Woodside fishing access site, one of the first areas yearly to be affected by high water. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office reported the access site next to the Woodside bridge was closed as of Sunday, May 7.
The river at Bell Crossing is at 9.23 feet. Flood stage is 11 feet. The recent cool-down has stopped the rise and the predictions do not show the river reaching flood stage in the next few days.
It's the same story at the other official river gauge near Conner, south of Darby. That gauge Monday morning showed a level of 6.58 feet, a foot below the 7.5 flood stage.
The Bitterroot River rose almost three feet since last Friday.
A rainstorm Saturday caused a rockslide on US 93 south of Sula at Mile Post 5. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office said the slide occurred late Saturday night and was cleared by 2 a.m. Sunday.