AUGUSTA – Flooding creates dangerous conditions in northern Lewis and Clark County. The worst hit was the town of Augusta where water has almost completely cut off the community.
It’s washed out roads and bridges and flooded homes and businesses.
The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office says Highway 200 is closed at Bowman’s Corner.
Augusta residents say the water rose so quickly it caught them off-guard.
Residents we spoke with said Elk Creek began to rise quickly around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and waters were still coming up that afternoon.
Water flowed freely down many streets while homes along Main Street are seeing the worst of it. One homeowner showed us how the pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. Others are busy sandbagging homes and businesses to prevent further damage.
Those in the community said they were shocked to see their small town overtaken by water.
"It is horrendous. This happened overnight and I couldn’t believe it," said Augusta resident Sandi White. "It is so devastating for all concerned. Your heart just goes out to everyone."