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Flood Watch issued for Clark Fork River near Missoula

Posted at 1:14 PM, May 18, 2020

MISSOULA — The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Flood Watch for the Clark Fork River where flooding is possible.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

The Flood Watch is in effect from Tuesday evening until further notice. Flood stage of 7.5 feet may be reached late Tuesday evening.

Flooding of low-lying areas adjacent to the river is possible. Waters may begin to flood streets in the Orchard Homes area, specifically the north end of Tower Street including Kehrwald Drive.

Sand and sandbags are available at Fort Missoula. Supplies are limited and should be used to protect primary residences only. Materials should not be used along property lines or riverbanks. People are asked to take only what is needed to directly protect their home.

StormTracker meteorologist Lewis Dortch added that people should watch for rapid rises in river levels across the region, including on the Flathead, Bitterroot, Clearwater, Yaak, Fisher, and Swan rivers.