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Sheriff's Office issues reminder as Missoula flooding continues

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MISSOULA - Flooding continues to impact Missoula and Western Montana and is expected to for weeks.

Multiple agencies have been out in full force to deal with the fallout and more homes will continue to be affected by this crisis.

Several roads have been closed off to the public near the Clark Fork River and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office emphasizes that people stay off these roads even if they don't look dangerous. 

There have been bystanders wanting to see flood waters but officials say this is becoming an issue for residents in the area.

The Sheriffs Office also says that people living along the river should be prepared to self-evacuate and that they will receive the alert through the Rave Alert System.

“So what we are attempting to do is these Rave Alerts where we are putting people under warning," Captain Anthony Rio said.  "So it's going to be a fairly medium size message telling people that this is there warning that if you live adjacent to the river obviously there is flooding in the area and please do not expect someone to come to their residence to warn them that there is flooding in the area.  This will basically be the warning, said Rio.

Some areas have seen flood waters not coming from the rivers but actually rise up from the ground, something that has caused some issues along Third Street. Homeowners living along of Short Street are dealing with this issue.

Sandbags aren't as effective against this type of flooding so water pumps are being used to try and move the water away from foundations.

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