Residents warned of possible flash flooding near Lolo Peak burn scar

Posted at 9:05 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 11:05:07-04

MISSOULA – The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for flash flooding on Friday particularly over the Lolo Peak burn scar along US Highway 12.

The current NWS forecasts indicate we could see strong to serve thunderstorms that could bring very heavy rainfall during the late afternoon and early evening, which is not good news for our flooding situation in Missoula County.

StormTracker meteorologist Lewis Dortch says north-central Idaho eastward to the Bitterroot Valley is of particular concern for the potential of flash flooding to occur in small rivers and streams this evening as the thunderstorms move through.  

Daily thunderstorms will continue through your Memorial Day weekend. 

Search and Rescue crews are continuing to check out structures that experienced flooding in the Orchard Homes area along the Clark Fork River.

Officials say the river rose to 11 feet on Thursday morning, which places it in moderate flood stage. It’s expected to remain in moderate flood stage for the rest of the week.

Around 65 homes in Missoula County are still under modified evacuation orders.

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