Water Watchin’ – June 9
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 Montana Department of Transportation closed the road after portions washed out about 20 miles up.
The road will remain closed until further notice.
The weather will determine what the river will do, since there is so much snow remaining in the high elevations. Hot weather will melt that snow.
At about 8am June 9, the Bitterroot River was at 7.12 feet at the Darby gauge (flood stage is 7.5) and at Bell Crossing the water level was 10.61 feet (flood stage is 11.0). There have been reports of flooding on private driveways and low-lying county roads.