More rain aggravating flooding. Pixs of the Missouri!

A steady rain is not helping our flooding situation. The Sun River and Missouri River both are very high. So I decided to stop at Black Eagle Falls and snap some photos of the water rushing down stream from the dam.

Water with white caps below the dam


Here is the latest statement from the NWS office in Great Falls regarding our rain and the rivers.

Another weather system will bring additional rainfall to the area through Thursday. Isolated thunderstorms are possible over southwest Montana this afternoon. Heaviest rainfall is expected over central and southwest Montana, particularly along and south of MT-200. Rainfall amounts along and south of MT-200 will range from 0.50 inches to over 1.00 inches. North of MT-200, precipitation amounts of up to 0.50 inches are expected. Snow levels will also lower to around 6000 to 7000 feet with 2 to 5 inches of snow possible above 7000 feet.

In summary:

* Widespread rainfall through Thursday.

* Precipitation amounts ranging from 0.50 inches to over 1.00 inches along and south of MT-200…up to 0.50 inches north of MT-200.

* Snow levels lowering to around 7000 feet by tonight with snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches possible.

* Rainfall, continued snowmelt and any rainfall on top of snow will continue to aggravate already high water levels and additional flooding concerns.

* Very high and fast water flows and saturated soils will likely cause erosion, mud and debris flows. Recreation near and along waterways is strongly discouraged.

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There is also a Flood Warning issued for Cascade county and others by the National Weather Service.

Flood Warning

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
1001 AM MDT WED JUN 8 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN...
  BLAINE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
  CASCADE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...
  CHOUTEAU COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
  FERGUS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...
  JUDITH BASIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...
  MEAGHER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...

* UNTIL 800 PM MDT THURSDAY.

* MANY RIVERS AND CREEKS WILL CONTINUE TO RUN HIGH OR OUT OF THEIR
  BANKS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. ANOTHER STORM WILL BRING
  BETWEEN A HALF INCH AND AN INCH OF RAIN TO THE AREA TODAY THROUGH
  THURSDAY...WITH MOST OF THE RAIN FALLING LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
  THURSDAY. HOWEVER BLAINE COUNTY IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE LESS THAN A
  QUARTER OF AN INCH FROM THE STORM. RECENT RAINFALL AS WELL AS
  RAINFALL FROM THIS NEXT STORM WILL RESULT IN RIVERS AND CREEKS
  RUNNING HIGH OR OUT OF THEIR BANKS. ADDITIONAL FLOODING IS
  POSSIBLE.

THE MISSOURI RIVER AT LANDUSKY PEAKED AT 29.1 FEET YESTERDAY
EVENING. IT WAS AT 29.0 FEET EARLY THIS MORNING AND IS EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE TO REMAIN ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DO NOT DROWN.
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