MISSOULA – The flooding situation is continuing to slowly ease along the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers in the Missoula area.
A public meeting for residents with Missoula flood damage will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at 2 p.m. at Hawthorne School where representatives from various organizations and departments available to answer questions.
Flood recovery packets will also be available.
The water level on the Clark Fork River above Missoula is currently sitting at 10.01 feet and is in minor flood stage. Current forecasts predict the river to remain in minor flood stage through this week, cresting at 10.6 feet on Saturday after which it is predicted to trend downward through next week.
Although the Clark Fork is not currently predicted to reach major flood stage, conditions can change quickly. Residents in flood-prone areas should remain alert to changes in conditions.
The Bitterroot River dipped into action flood stage Thursday morning and is expected to rise into minor flood stage on Friday. The river is expected to crest at 11.5 feet on Saturday after which it is predicted to trend downward through next week.
A modified evacuation order is in effect for the following areas:
- Tower Street, North of 3rd Street
- Kehrwald Drive
- Channel Drive
- Nancy Lou Drive
- Keck Street and Stone Street – north of Flamingo Drive
- Schmidt Road
- Off Mullan Road
- South Harpers Bridge Road
- Hamel Road
- Underneath Reserve Street Bridge
Affected residents can return to their homes and will not need to check in and out at roadblocks, but should not re-inhabit the property or start the recovery process. Road patrols are still assigned to the affected flood area 24/7, and roadblocks will be re-established as conditions warrant.
- Fort Missoula – Residents looking for sandbags can obtain the remaining sandbags filled by volunteers at 3335 Lt. Moss Road (in the field).
- Frenchtown Fire Station 1 – Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 16875 Marion Street in Frenchtown.
- East Missoula Fire Department – Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 314 Montana Ave.
- Seeley Lake – Sandbags can be obtained at the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department.