Rain continues, causing high water concerns

Another damp and windy day!

Another damp and windy day in Great Falls. Peak wind gusts of 32 miles per hour and the rain continues. We are closing in on 1.5″ of rainfall since earlier in the week! Concern for flooding continuous and we will have video of the Missouri and also some field flooding near Helena during the 5:30 news.

Here is the latest on the flood advisory situation as rain continues to fall. Use caution if you are going to be near any stream or creek that is nearing bankful or spilling over roadways. It only takes a couple of feet of water to wash a car off the road.

Stay safe!

Fred

951 AM MDT THU JUN 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR RAIN AND MELTING SNOW FOR ALL OF
  NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA

* UNTIL 930 AM MDT SATURDAY

* WIDESPREAD RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL AND
  SOUTHWEST MONTANA THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL
  AMOUNTS OF ONE HALF INCH TO ONE INCH ARE POSSIBLE BY SATURDAY
  MORNING. AS A RESULT...NUMEROUS SMALL STREAMS AND A FEW MAJOR
  RIVERS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AT OR ABOVE BANKFUL ACROSS THE REGION.
  MINOR FLOODING IS EXPECTED THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

SOME RIVERS AND CREEKS THAT ARE RUNNING HIGH OR ARE ABOVE BANKFUL
INCLUDE...

KENNEDY CREEK IN GLACIER COUNTY...
MILK RIVER IN BLAINE COUNTY...
CLEAR CREEK IN BLAINE COUNTY...
PRICKLY PEAR CREEK BETWEEN CLANCY AND EAST HELENA...
MISSOURI RIVER BETWEEN FROM CRAIG TO CASCADE...
GALLATIN RIVER IN GALLATIN COUNTY...
JEFFERSON RIVER IN MADISON COUNTY...
BIG HOLE RIVER IN BEAVERHEAD COUNTY...
MEDICINE LODGE CREEK IN BEAVERHEAD COUNTY...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AND PONDING OF WATER ON COUNTRY ROADS AND
FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.
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