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Deer Lodge preps for possible flooding

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DEER LODGE - Residents of Deer Lodge are getting ready for possible flooding from the creek that runs through the middle of town.

On Friday, people began filling up sandbags that are being provided for free by the city as Cottonwood Creek continued to rise.

The city has free sand available at the Powell County Fire Department and the fairgrounds. City officials said the weekend rain and warmer temperatures next week could melt the snowpack and cause the creek to overflow.

The city has plans in place to keep those at risk safe.

“If somebody's worried, if they have an elderly loved one or a shut-in that can't get out of their house, we have a list down here at City Hall, just have someone come by and put your name, address and phone number on there, so if something does happen, the emergency services can contact them and get them out of any danger,” said Deer Lodge Mayor Zane Cozby.

Emergency responders learned from the last time the creek flooded in 2011 and are urging people to be prepared this time.

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