The Bitterroot River reached flood stage Wednesday, then dropped back below the official flood level.
Officials credit the cool weather for the slight drop and don't anticipate the Bitterroot River to get above flood stage again until late next week
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Bitterroot River near Darby and a Flood Watch for the rest of the valley this week.
The river level is expected to crest about a half foot above flood stage by Thursday
Simpler rules and the possibility of catching more fish on the Bitterroot River -- sounds good?
New fishing regulations are being planned for the Bitterroot River. The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks will be discussing them with fishing folk in Hamilton Wednesday June 8
As of 5pm Wednesday, June 1, the Bitterroot River gauge at Darby was at 4.79 feet, with a flood stage of 7.5 feet.
At Bell Crossing near Victor, about the same time, the river level was 8.48, with a flood stage there at 11 feet
The Bitterroot River water level has dropped again during this period of cool weather. The river gauge at Darby was at 4.99 feet Tuesday morning, about 2 and half feet below flood stage. And the Bell Crossing gauge showed the level there also about 2 and half feet below flood stage at 8
The Bitterroot River is still running fast and muddy, but the level of the current is still within the banks.
As of Friday afternoon at 5pm, at the Darby water gauge, the level was 6.2 feet, over a foot below flood stage at 7
The rivers and streams in the Bitterroot Valley continue to run bankfull or a little over their banks in places. And the water is full of debris and dirt from the spring runoff.
The Weather Service has the Bitterroot under a "Flood Watch" and the levels as of Wednesday, May 25, at 11am are: Darby - 6
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
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