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Dec 8, 2013 12:17 PM by MTN News - Bozeman

Ice jam forms on Gallatin River homes threatened

BOZEMAN - Gallatin County Emergency Management officials say an ice jam has formed on the Gallatin River about half a mile north of Gallatin Gateway.

The ice jam is causing the river to rise, and is threatening homes along the Axtell-Gateway Road and potentially threatening homes on Gateway South Road.

Water is washing across the Axtell-Gateway Road which is currently closed from Deer Spring Road to Gateway South Road.

Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and the Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire Department have been notifying residents in the area about the threat of the Gallatin River rising upstream of the ice jam.

The Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department has also been to the scene to assist with the response.

Emergency responders have future concerns that when the ice jam loosens, the possibility of a sudden release of water, could possibly endanger homes downstream as well.

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