MISSOULA - Missoula County Commissioners have issued an emergency proclamation for flooding.
The proclamation comes as heavy rain this week is expected to push the Clark Fork River, and surrounding rivers and creeks into flood stage.
An emergency proclamation provides incident commanders with the authority to close roads, and order evacuations. It also allows the county to request resources from the state and other agencies, including access to federal funding.
From the National Weather Service: As snowmelt runoff increases and combines with potentially significant amounts of rainfall, mainstem rivers and smaller streams/creeks will see sharp rises in water levels this week. Note: all bodies of water will be running high, fast, and very cold. Stay vigilant of swift flows in the coming week and remain safely out of their reach.
Sand and sandbags are available at Fort Missoula. If you are in Florence, free sandbagging materials are available at the Florence Fire Station #2 on Hidden Valley Road N.