HAMILTON – Bitterroot residents are being encouraged to prepare for possible flooding.
Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says although current forecasts project that the Bitterroot River will remain below flood stage into next week, residents in flood prone areas are encouraged to assess their situation and make any necessary preparations to deal with flooding or high water issues that may arise.
Sand and sandbags will be available to Ravalli County residents at the following locations:
- Victor Fire Station #1 in Victor
- Corvallis Fire Station #2 at mile marker 9 on the Eastside Highway
- Stevensville Fire Westside Station at the Stevensville Wye behind Subway
- Ravalli County Fairgrounds, enter at the south access road next to the County Road Shop, located in the far northeast corner of the grounds
- Florence Fire Station #1 off Holloway Lane
(Residents are responsible for filling and transportation of the sandbags.)
Sheriff Holton urges resident to keep the following safety advice in mind:
- Avoid areas of high water and flooding including area streams, ditches and the Bitterroot River
- Ensure the safety of your children and animals by keeping them away from hazardous areas
- Observe any road closures or detours- they are in place for your safety
Roadway hazards or flooding may be reported to the Ravalli County Road Department at (406) 363-2733 or the Ravalli County 911 Center at
(4060 363-3033. Dial 911 for life threatening emergencies. The Office of Emergency Management may be contacted for further information during normal business hours at (406) 375-6655.
A similar warning was issued last week to residents of Granite County.