Flood Information

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Key Updates

The latest information and key updates are available on the Missoula County Floods InciWeb page

Evacuations

As of May 21, a modified evacuation order is in effect for the following areas:

  • Tower Street, North of 3rd Street
  • Kehrwald Drive
  • Channel Drive
  • Nancy Lou Drive
  • Keck Street and Stone Street – North of Flamingo Drive
  • Schmidt Road
  • Off Mullan Road
  • South Harpers Bridge Road
  • Hamel Road
  • Underneath Reserve Street Bridge

Due to current and expected river levels as of May 21, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office is temporarily modifying its evacuation order to allow homeowners access to their property. This means affected residents can return to their homes and will not need to check in and out at road blocks. However, this lift is not intended for homeowners to re-inhabit the property or start recovery efforts. The flooding emergency is not over, as river levels are expected to rise again. Residents should not plan to stay in their homes overnight and should stay alert of any changes to ensure safety. Road patrols are still assigned to the affected flood area 24/7, and road blocks will be re-established as conditions warrant. As before, no minors (under 18) are allowed on the property while the order is in effect. 

Flooding Hotline and Info Booth

For updates on flooding in Missoula County, call the OEM hotline at 406-258-INFO (4636). NOTE: The line will not be staffed over the Memorial Day weekend, but callers will here an updated recording. The  information booth at the Wheat Montana parking lot, 2520 S 3rd St. W., is not currently staffed but will be updated with information regularly. 

Daily flood fact sheets and other information are updated daily on InciWeb

Hazard Reporting

If you come across a hazard, please fill out the Public Hazard Reporting Form to report it. Safety is the top priority at all times. Make sure you are in a safe location before reporting a hazard and do not drive through or enter flooded areas. Call 9-1-1 immediately if there is an emergency situation. 

Flooding Resources

The following resources are intended to provide information during an active flood event. County agencies and partner organizations are currently compiling information and resources on the flood recovery stage, and they will be posted here as soon as they're available. 

Preparing to evacuate

Resources for affected residents

Flood safety

Public safety

Drinking water and sanitation

Sandbags and property protection

How to help

Requesting or providing help

Request for Disaster Assistance form

Donate sand or other resources      

Donate money for flood relief 

(Choose first option under the under "Donor Information")

Flood Safety Tips

Be sure to follow these important flood safety rules to reduce personal risk during a flood:
  • Don’t drive through a flooded area. More people drown in cars than anywhere else. The water depth and road condition are always unknown. Vehicles can be swept away in only 12 inches of water.
  • Don’t walk through flood waters. Flood currents are also deceptive. Adults can be swept off their feet in only 6 inches of water.
  • Avoid electrical lines and equipment. Electrocution is the second leading cause of death during floods. Turn off power at your service panel. Electrical current will travel through flood water.
  • Be alert to gas leaks. Turn off gas to your house before a flood. If you smell gas, report it to your gas company and avoid open flames.
  • Don’t use gas engines or fires indoors during power outages. These pose risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires.
  • Clean anything that has been wet. Flood water will be contaminated with sewage, oil, gasoline, and a variety of chemicals that pose severe health risks.
  • Always cooperate with emergency officials and rescue personnel. You can replace personal belongings, but you can't replace someone's life.

 

For more information about flood safety, visit the Turn Around Don't Drown campaign website.