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Flooding Continues in Gallatin County

UPDATED – 5:40pm

Flooding from Thursday’s runoff continued to cause problems in Gallatin County today.  While many locations affected by flooding on Thursday have dried up, some are still working to drain out with Manhattan being the most impacted.  Crews worked hard all day to pump water out of the East Main Street area of Manhattan with numerous large capacity pumps moving the water to a location where it could drain.  After the water on the street is removed, crews will work with property owners to help get the water out of the buildings.

A town meeting has been setup for Monday (3/10/14) night at 7:00 pm in the Manhattan Junior High School Gym.  The purpose for the meeting is to obtain information from those affected by the flooding on what damages they have incurred, and provide information to them on what assistance may be available.  Our hope is that people will have an opportunity to access their property and develop an estimate of the damage before the meeting on Monday.  This meeting is open to anyone that has been affected by flooding this week.

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While flooding in some places overnight has receded, other areas are now seeing the impact from the sudden runoff.  Many of the homes and road directly affected yesterday have seen the water level drop with many standing pools left while they get absorbed or slowly drain out.  Several areas in the Town of Manhattan have unfortunately turned into holding ponds and are having to be pumped out to locations where the water can drain.  The major impact is the area along East Main Street in Manhattan where the water has become trapped.

While the much of the area has seen relief over the night on water level, residents should expect to see the water flow increase through the day and the temperature warms up.  The question will be how much the water levels will increase today.  Unfortunately this is very hard to predict and we won’t really know until afterwards.  Anyone that has already been affected by flooding, or were close to being affected, should be prepared for more flooding today and closely monitor conditions through the day.

The best source for sand bags in the Gallatin Valley is Bozeman Brick on Jackrabbit.  Water pumps can be obtained from many of the rental and construction companies in the area.

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