Snowmelt: Flood Advisory Through Sunday For Northern Montana Counties
Flooding due to snowmelt is nothing new in the spring, but flooding in very rural areas is extra dangerous. Having less traffic and fewer people around means less help if you find yourself in a jam on a flooded roadway. Even minor flooding can become an emergency if your vehicle becomes stuck or disabled.
- FLOOD ADVISORY FOR SNOWMELT NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON SUNDAY.
- WHAT...Small stream flooding caused by snowmelt continues.
- WHERE...A portion of northeast Montana, including the following counties, Phillips and Valley.
- WHEN...Until noon Sunday.
- IMPACTS...Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas. Some low-water crossings may become impassable.
- Some locations that will experience flooding include: Glasgow, Malta, Opheim, Whitewater, Nashua, Saco, Dodson, Hinsdale, Tampico, St. Marie, Port Of Opheim, Loring, Port Of Morgan, Frazer, Lustre, Frenchman Reservoir, Vandalia, Thoeny, Sleeping Buffalo and Bowdoin.
- Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
- Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.
According to the National Weather Service: "Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling." NEVER drive around barriers that have been set up on roadways, even if water is not visible on the roadway. Water can also hide dips on the road surface, creating more hazards.
There is also a handy tool from the National Weather Service with an interactive map of flooded areas and roadways. They have not only current conditions with advisories but state by state flooding history.