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Augusta flood update: Floodwaters holding steady, bridge damaged

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 20:00:33-04

AUGUSTA – Deputies with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office say floodwaters have damaged a bridge on Montana 21 just east of Augusta.

The bridge is about a mile down from a bridge that was washed out and repaired in the floods of 2018.

Deputies cautioned residents of about a half dozen homes in the area to evacuate due to concerns that damage to the road could prevent them from leaving. At least one resident told MTN they are actively pumping water out of their basement.

As of noon Monday, the floodwaters appeared to be holding steady.

Highway 287 remains closed at Augusta south to Bowman’s Corner. With both Highway 287 and Montana 21 closed, the best way to reach Augusta is through Choteau to the north.

Other roads closed in the area include:

  • Flat Creek Road from Hwy 287
  • Hwy 434/435 closed from Hwy 200 to Augusta
  • Sun Canyon Road at Augusta
  • Benchmark Road at Augusta

The Sun Canyon Road and Sun Haven areas were evacuated Sunday.

STORMTracker Meteorologist Elizabeth Copeland left Sun River Canyon Monday morning and recounts her experience in the video above.

Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management is reminding people to not drive on flooded roadways and to stay out of floodwaters because of possible contaminants.

Sand and sandbags are available at the Augusta Fire station.

The Salvation Army, through Elkhorn COAD, will deliver bottled water to the Augusta Service Station later Monday.

If anyone wishes to make donations, they can be directed to the Salvation Army. They ask at this time for monetary donations only. The Salvation Army will open on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. The phone number is 406-442-8244.