Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Helena, MT 59601
Hours: Daily 9AM - 1:30PM
May 25, 2018, 10 a.m.
With current forecasts predicting the Bitterroot River to reach moderate flood stage the evening of Sunday, May 27, residents in the Lolo area who live near the river are encouraged to take extra precautions through the weekend and stay alert and informed. The river is currently expected to reach levels not seen since 1997, and current forecasts predict it to crest at 13.06 feet around 6 a.m. Monday, May 28. Residents should sign up for emergency alerts from the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management at www.smart911.com, as that is the only way to receive alerts on mobile devices. Residents also should watch for groundwater infiltrating low points in their homes, including basements, crawl spaces, wells and septic systems. More resources on preparing for a flood event are available at http://bit.ly/MslaCoFloodSafety.
The National Weather Service is forecasting strong to severe thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall, strong winds and small hail to occur around 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25. This increases the potential for flash flooding, particularly over the Lolo Peak burn scar. Potentially affected homeowners in the area have been notified, and individuals recreating in the area should stay alert to changing conditions.
The water level on the Clark Fork River above Missoula rose to 11.18 feet this morning and remains in moderate flood stage. Current forecasts predict it will continue to rise, remaining in moderate flood stage through next week. The river is expected to crest at 11.47 feet around 6 p.m. Monday, May 28. The most up-to-date river forecasts are available at https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=mso. Though the Clark Fork is not currently predicted to reach major flood stage, conditions can change quickly, and snowpack levels remain high. Residents in flood-prone areas should remain alert to changes in conditions.
A modified evacuation order is in effect for the following areas:
Affected residents can return to their homes and will not need to check in and out at road blocks, but should not re-inhabit the property or start the recovery process. Road patrols are still assigned to the affected flood area 24/7, and road blocks will be re-established as conditions warrant.
Thanks to generous donations and community support, the County has set up a sandbagging station and central resources hub at the following locations:
Fort Missoula – As Team Rubicon has reached its goals for this operation, it is no longer managing the volunteer sandbagging efforts at Fort Missoula. Residents looking for sandbags can obtain the remaining sandbags filled by volunteers at 3335 Lt. Moss Road (in the field). Team Rubicon has finished work at the fill site and volunteers are not needed at this time.
Frenchtown Fire Station 1 – Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 16875 Marion Street in Frenchtown.
East Missoula Fire Department – Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 314 Montana Ave.
Seeley Lake - Sandbags can be obtained at the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
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|Incident Commander||Missoula County Sheriff's Office|
|Coordinates||46.873 latitude, -113.996 longitude|