GRANITE COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued warnings for the Clark Fork and Flint Creek waterways, stating that they will reach flood levels by Friday night and into Saturday morning.
The alerts read as follows and were taken directly from the NWS website:
The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Flood Warning for Clark Fork River near Drummond in Northeastern Granite County in west central Montana until Further notice.
At 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening the river stage was 7.28 feet. The Clark Fork River near Drummond is forecast to rise above flood stage Thursday and continue to rise to near 8.4 feet by Saturday morning.
Flood level of 8.0 feet Ranchland and a few out buildings are flooded between Drummond and Bearmouth.
The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Small Stream Flood Advisory for Small Creeks draining into Flint Creek and Rock Creek in... Central Granite County in west central Montana until 845 PM MDT SaturdayHeavy rain has fallen in less than 2 hours across much of Granite County on Wednesday evening May 10th. Rainfall reports in the .30 to .50 inch range have been recorded. This rain will combine with already snowmelt swollen creeks to bring additional sharper rises in area creeks. Some smaller creeks that are expected to see flood advisory levels are Lower Willow Creek and smaller creeks that drain into Flint Creek and Rock Creek.
In preparing for these conditions, please consider the following:
- Prepare your valuable documents and photos now.
- Transfer digital documents and photos to flash drives in case of an evacuation
- If you live in a low-lying area, start getting sandbags ready now
- Move livestock and machinery to the highest ground available
- Pack 2-3 days worth of clothing and personal items now
- Make sure you have a vehicle which can handle muddy terrain
- Make sure you know the quickest and safest exit routes from your property
CLICK HERE a FEMA pamphlet with more details on how to prepare for a flood evacuation.
Data for the USGS water flow on the Clark Fork is taken from a station near Bearmouth, approximately 15 miles west of Drummond. Data for the Flint Creek is being taken at a station near where the river runs underneath East Mullan Road near the Parke Ranch.
by Tim Allen, QSPNLive.com with NWS Reports