Unseasonably warm weather and recent heavy rain have brought Missoula area rivers and streams to very high levels. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Fishing Site Access Coordinator Chet Crowser said on Tuesday, that its just too risky to be out on the water floating or rafting right now.
Photos of Hurricane Sandy flooded social media sites throughout the day Monday, with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users in the storm's path posting dramatic photos of waves, flooding and downed trees. (Some are fake, by the way.)
Tropical Storm Debby may not be an actual hurricane, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t wreaking plenty of havoc – she’s already drenched Northern Florida in rain and spun off isolated tornadoes with at least one casualty.
Hot weather and a lot of snowpack equals continued high water in Western Montana. That includes the Bitterroot Valley. Streams and creeks have been running high for months and the Bitterroot River is again flirting with flood stage
The Bitterroot River is running high and muddy, but not over flood stage. In fact, officials don't expect it to approach flood stage until the middle of next week - around June 22.
Monday, June 13, the Bitterroot River was at 6
The entire Bitterroot River remains under a Flood Warning from the National Weather Service, though the river is generally below flood stage.
However, the streams and creeks in the valley have been causing frustration and closures - the major closure being Highway 38 - The Skalkaho Highway and Skalkaho Pass southeast of Hamilton
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 Bitterroot River has been edging toward Flood Stage for the past couple of weeks, and at Bell Crossing near Victor, it reached the 11-foot Flood Stage mark Wednesday, with the peak expected to be about a half-foot higher
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
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