If you live in a flood-prone area, stay informed of river levels, forecasts, and flood warnings. Visit the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website for the latest river gauge and flooding probability information for:
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.
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.
- Flood Safety
- Sand & Sandbags
- Drinking Water and Sanitation
- Food Safety
- Septic Systems
- Mosquito Precautions
- Flood Insurance
Please visit the Missoula City-County Health Department's Public Health Flood Information Page for additional flood related information. Missoula County is also operating a call center for flood-related public information. Call 258-INFO (4636) to speak with a public information call taker.
Floodplain Administration & Management
Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of preventive and corrective measures to reduce the risk of current and future flooding, resulting in a more resilient community. These measures take a variety of forms, are carried out by multiple stakeholders with a vested interest in responsible floodplain management, and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or building, building codes and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.
Please visit Missoula County's Floodplain Administration website for detailed floodplain information, including maps, current regulations, permit applications and more.