Flood Stage Avoided . . . Until Later
The Bitterroot River gauges have continued to show levels well below flood stage, as cool weather continues in Western Montana.
Friday evening, the gauge at Darby was at 5.32 feet and the Bell Crossing gauge near Victor was at 9:03 feet, both were two feet below flood stage.
However, the weather service has run the numbers and with higher temperatures and more rain in the next few days, flood stage could be reached Tuesday or Wednesday, May 25 or May 26.
Record snow levels remain in the mountains and a sustained heat spell would cause a massive melt, which in turn, would definitely cause flooding in the Bitterroot Valley.
Sand bags are still available at area Fire Stations, and residents are cautioned to be ready for possible evacuation at a moment's notice.
Also, the river is running high and muddy, with lots of floating debris. Don't go boating!