Flood warning issued near Missoula, residents urged to prepare

Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 15:04:30-04

MISSOULA – The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a flood warning for the Clark Fork River above Missoula until 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, or until the warning is canceled.

The river is forecast to crest at 10.1 feet Monday morning.  At 10.0 feet, flooding of low lying areas adjacent to the river is possible. Flood waters will continue to rise and flood streets in the Orchard Homes area, specifically the north end of Tower Street including Kahrwaldt Drive and Stone Street.

The National Weather Service advises folks not to enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth. Missoula County 911 reports that as of midday Sunday, flooding was being seen in some parts of Missoula County.

The Clark Fork River is expected to continue to rise several more inches overnight and then begin to recede on Monday afternoon. Empty sandbags are available at Missoula County Public Works on 6089 Training Drive west of the airport. Sand may be purchased from local vendors.

Several area businesses may also carry sandbags and sand.  Below are a few options:

  • Far West Rock: (406) 728-8500
  • Home Depot: (406) 523-0901
  • Knife River: (406) 543-0088
  • Lowes: (406) 329-1800
  • MT Flasher and Barricade: (406) 542-2701
  • Murdoch’s: (406) 549-2355
  • Mutual Materials: (406) 549-2011
  • Time Rental: (406) 543-7136
  • Western Excavating: (406) 728-1400

Click here for more information on flooding preparedness from the Missoula County website.

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