Ice jams are causing problems in the Great Falls area on the Missouri River, prompting a Flood Advisory this week.

According to the National Weather Service:


The Flood Watch continues for a portion of central Montana, including the following areas: Cascade County, especially the Missouri River in and near Great Falls.

  • WHEN: Through Saturday afternoon
  • As of early Monday morning, an ice jam continues to impact a portion of the Missouri River in Great Falls, with river levels oscillating between 15 and 16 feet.
  • At this level, impacts to low-lying parts of the River's Edge Trail and Riverside Park near the Central Avenue Bridge are either expected or are occurring.
  • Ice and river water may continue to push onto the river banks near Riverside Park. Flooding could begin to impact River Drive between the 10th Avenue Bridge and Broadwater Bay Park, along with continued impacts to low-lying parts of River's Edge Trail and Riverside Park near the Central Avenue bridge.
  • In addition river levels near Ulm are also on the rise, indicating new ice jams may form along the Missouri River in Cascade County.
  • Those near rivers should continue to monitor and take appropriate actions if flooding is observed.
  • When safe to do so, please report flooding to local law enforcement or the National Weather Service.
  • A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings.
  • Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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