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Apr 11, 2011 8:18 AM by Alex Grubb (KRTV Great Falls)

Valley County bracing for flooding

Residents in Valley County are bracing for high flood waters over the next month or so.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Glasgow tell Montana's News Station that the worst flooding is expected this week.

The main areas of concern are Glasgow, Tampico and Nashua. The Milk River is about 25 feet now but is expected to reach 28 by Wednesday.

Some county roads have already been washed out by the floodwater and it's also caused some damage to nearby alfalfa fields.

"This is looking like a long term event. There's a lot of snow in the basin up into Saskatchewan and into west of Glasgow here," said Ted Jamba, a meteorologist at the NWS in Glasgow.

Valley County officials say they're well prepared to handle any issues that may arise over the next couple of months.

"This of course is not the first flood Glasgow's went through and people are kind of aware of what to do and used to evacuating when they need," said Glen Meier, Valley County Sheriff.

As the floodwaters continue to rise, the railroad may also be affected.

Montana DES has set up an emergency operations center and the Governor toured the area last week.

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