River levels continue rising along Hi-Line

Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 14:23:02-04

Many parts of north-central Montana continue to battle rising river and stream levels as warmer temperatures cause snowmelt.

The Havre Daily News says that the Hill County Commission announced late Tuesday morning that it has declared a disaster due to flooding. 

Flood Warnings have been issued in Blaine County for the Milk River near Harlem, Battle Creek near Chinook, and Hill County for Big Sandy Creek near Havre. 

Flood Watches remain in effect through Wednesday morning for areas in Phillips and Valley counties.

Flood Advisories are still in place for areas in Fergus, Glacier, Pondera, Toole, Liberty, Blaine, Hill, and Petroleum counties.

The National Weather Service has confirmed reports of water over several roads in areas under the watches and advisories.

Viewer reports show water over roads in Harlem and water spilling over a dam in Gildford.

Eric Hanson told MTN News that people in Gildford are working to protect the town’s sewer.

According to the National Weather Service, a Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. Although it does not mean flooding will occur, it is possible.

A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning, but could cause significant inconvenience. Caution should be exercised.

Flooding continues at this time along the Milk River and its tributaries throughout Blaine County.

The Blaine County Health Department shared the following information on Facebook on Tuesday: 

As a result of the flooding the following County roads are closed:
Highland Road
Yantic Road
Hall Road North of Red Rock Interesection
Merrill Road west of Hawley Tangen Bridge to the intersection of the New Hope Road
Paradise Valley Road south of the Eight Mile intersection
Dead River Road near Harlem

River Road & New Hope Road rmain closed from damage that occurred during previous high water.

Flooding is also taking place on the north side of Harlem associated with the Thirty Mile drainage. There is water over State Highway 241 but the road remains open at this time. Watch for Department of Transportation Flaggers who are on scene.

Agriculture and Livestock producers are encourage to move equipment and livestock to higher ground as water levels can rise quickly.

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