GRANITE COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Missoula continues the two warnings it issued Wednesday for the Clark Fork and Flint Creek waterways, stating that they will reach flood levels by Friday night and into Saturday morning.
As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the Clark Fork was measured at 7.45 feet and rising. It is expected to crest at 8.40 feet Saturday morning, also a full 12 inches above its present level. The current level makes it the fifth highest level since they began recording measurements in 1993. The highest recorded level was 10.03 in February of 1996, followed by 9.79 in June 2011 and 8.39 in June 2017.
Also at 8 p.m., the Flint Creek was measured at 4.53 feet near Maxville. The highest level recorded there was 6.99 in February of 1996.
Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson notified QSPNLive that sandbags are available for free behind Granite High School in Philipsburg, the county road shop in Hall and the sand pile near Rock Creek Lodge.
Rock Creek Road is still closed from mile marker 23 to 29 until further notice.
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
by Tim Allen, QSPNLive.com