US Forest Service warns of using flood impacted roads

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 10:45:30-04

HELENA – The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to be cautious and mindful when traveling on Montana’s back roads after recent flooding.

Multiple USFS roads across the state have been severely impacted due to recent flooding, and drivers are advised not to attempt to cross where water is flowing.

Kathy Bushnell with the US Forest Service says that especially with forest roads, there may be significant debris and erosion under the water that you can’t see.

“Be really careful when you’re going out because although we have a lot of people out there and monitoring sites we can’t get everywhere,” said Bushnell, “There might be roads we don’t even know have been washed out or impacted.”

Bushnell added that if people do come across a washed out or damaged road they should contact the Forrest Service as soon as possible. Campers and hikers are also being advised to let friends, family or the USFS know when they are out in the wilderness in case of an emergency.

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