Warmer weather prompts flooding in northeastern Montana
Mar. 21, 2017
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Warm weather brought flooding to northeastern Montana over the weekend and at least one waterway reached record depths.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2mnt2xr) Big Muddy Creek near Antelope peaked at 17.84 feet Monday, a new record that is nearly 6 feet above the flood stage. Tanja Fransen with the National Weather Service says the stream's previous record flood depth of 17.37 feet was set in 1982.
The Poplar River also flooded in Roosevelt County, rising from about 3.5 feet to a peak of roughly 15.5 feet Saturday.
Ice on the river had started breaking up with temperatures recently beginning to warm up.
Fransen says flooding was reported on several major roadways, including Highway 2 in Roosevelt and Valley counties, Highway 248 and Highway 13.
Flooding also closed roads in Bainville.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com