GRANITE COUNTY - The Clark Fork and Flint Creek rivers continued to rise Friday, making their way into more farmland and public areas.
The Clark Fork, which runs through the southern end of the Drummond city limits, advanced another four inches since Thursday night to 7.75 inches. The total surpasses the June 12, 1997 level of 7.71, making it the fourth highest the river has ever been measured since records started being kept in 1993. If it rises the additional .65 inches (approximately 7.75 inches) to 8.4 feet, it would rank as the third highest all-time. Currently that mark is 8.39 recorded June 14, 2017.
The water, which was at the top of its banks as it runs along the Drummond City Park, is now invading the park's spaces for trailers, RVs and tents. The Town of Drummond closed the park until further notice, preventing vehicles and pedestrians from entering.
The Flint Creek is nowhere near as high as its been in recent years in Maxville, currently measuring 3.86 feet as of 5 p.m. Friday evening. Last summer on June 13 the river hit 7.80 feet and caused flooding in several areas and washed out a road.
Closer to Drummond the river measured in at 4.49 feet, some 1.33 feet beneath its fourth highest level of 5.82 set in January of 2010.
The USGS did not have current data for Nevada Creek or the Blackfoot River near Helmville.
Drivers are reminded to never drive into standing or flowing water as the depths can be deceiving.
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