Here are recent developments in the flooding situation in the valley and the region.
The Bitterroot River was about two feet below flood stage as of 3pm Friday, June 3. The Darby river gauge was 5.49, with a flood stage of 7.5 feet. The Bell Crossing river gauge, downstream, was at 9.18 feet, with a flood stage of 11 feet.
The forecasters are predicting a possibility of the Bitterroot River reaching flood stage by Tuesday or Wednesday – June 7 or 8. The reason – warm temperatures arrive this weekend with highs in the 70s.
Senator Jon Tester has set up an online resource center for Montanans affected by flooding. The site is tester.senate.gov/flood The site includes links to many agencies – both federal and state- that are helping with flood issues.
The Montana Department of Public Health is reminding folks that flood waters commonly contain microbes that can cause illness and anyone who is involved in clean-up after a flood should make sure their tetanus immunization is current. Wash your hands frequently if you’re involved in cleanup. Other tips are available at www.dphhs.mt.gov
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