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Jul 18, 2013 12:09 AM by Dennis Carlson -MTN News

Flood rips through Bannack, celebration cancelled

BANNACK - This weekend's Bannack Days Celebration has been cancelled after a flood hit the area.

A flash flood ripped through the state park that honors Montana's first territorial capitol, destroying at least one building and damaging others. Roads were also damaged by the waters.

Bannack Days Living History Coordinator Stan Smith told MTN that officials have closed the park and have cancelled the annual Bannack Days Celebration.

Smith said the heavy rain and flooding hit around 3:30 p.m., sending a torrent of water down Bannack's Main Street.

"[It] caused flash flooding to go down the canyon," said Smith. "Took out the Mercantile Building. That's completely gone."

Smith also said the entire boardwalk along the road has been washed out. He added the amount of damage is unknown at this time, and officials will be checking out the area on Thursday.

He expects it will be weeks before the park can be opened again.

(Photos courtesy of Stan Smith)

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