MISSOULA – High water from the Clark Fork River is continuing to flood the Orchard Homes area.
Floodwaters are continuing to inundate land and homes in the area. The video above shows flooding on Thursday behind Tower Street at the Tower Street trailhead.
Missoula County officials caution that the flooding that’s being seen is the beginning of what we expect to be a prolonged event into early summer.
Sheriff’s deputies, Missoula City police officers, and city and county public works officials are continuing to monitor water levels. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Missoula County during the week of May 13-19 to tour and assess levees.
Residents concerned about rising water or who have noticed water covering or crossing a road should call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Red Cross shelter at Christ the King Church, located at 1400 Gerald Avenue in Missoula, is currently on standby. County officials say the facility will be open to the public as needed. Any residents seeking shelter should call 1-800-272-6668.
A limited number of free, unfilled sandbags are currently available in Missoula at the Public Works office at 6089 Training Drive. In Seeley Lake, unfilled sandbags are located at the Missoula County Satellite Office, located on Highway 83.
Missoula County residents are also being encouraged to sign up for free Smart 911 alerts.