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
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
The National Weather Service has dropped the Flood Watch for the Bitterroot River this week, though high water season is just beginning.
There are two official river gauges - one south of Darby and the other on Bell Crossing, near Victor
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