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Clean up continues after flooding in Granite County

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Some areas received 3.5 inches of rain in 24 hours. (MTN News photo) Some areas received 3.5 inches of rain in 24 hours. (MTN News photo)
Roads were closed and some homes were evacuated in Granite County due to floodwaters, (MTN News photo) Roads were closed and some homes were evacuated in Granite County due to floodwaters, (MTN News photo)
Flooding on Maxville Road in Granite County on 6.13.17 (photo credit: Pat St. Tourangeau) Flooding on Maxville Road in Granite County on 6.13.17 (photo credit: Pat St. Tourangeau)
PHILIPSBURG -

Many Granite County residents spent Wednesday cleaning up from floodwaters that swept in after about 3½ inches of rain fell in about 24 hours.

The heavy downpour caused Flint Creek to burst over its banks. The Skaw family estimates 2½ feet of water was running over their driveway by Tuesday evening.

“We’ve got a calving lot down here, the fence is gone, it went down to the neighbors, we think," said Leland Skaw.

Some of their livestock had to be moved, and they are also contending with a flooded basement, the furnace inside and a new irrigation pump. The family says the last time they experienced significant flooding at their place was back in 2009.

“It's never filled up the basement of this house before. So that gives you an idea of how much moisture we have had," Gayla Skaw said.

The Skaw’s driveway was not the only road to go underwater.  Residents told MTN News that although the water has receded, some roads are still inundated with water.

Emergency personnel were able to prevent some damage with sandbags even as several homes were voluntarily evacuated, County officials are now looking at options to fund repair efforts.

“So that is kind of where we’re at. We are checking resources, exploring damage, and trying to find ways to get the money, funds, and necessary services to clean up," Granite County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator Rick Day told MTN News.

Just north of Philipsburg, 39 homes lost power in Maxville due to flood damage and residents had to wait for the water to recede before the problem could be repaired.

Folks who need help after the flooding can contact the Red Cross at 1-800-272-6668. 

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