Flooding in the Helena Valley has left several neighborhoods with flowing and standing water from Ten Mile Creek. Flood warnings will continue into at least late this week with rising temperatures expected to cause renewed melting of mountain snowpack.
School closure: Rossiter Elementary has been closed since May 7 due to flooding. All Rossiter students have resumed classes at Carroll College, where Principal Doug Baker said they will finish the rest of their school year.
“We’re very grateful to Carroll College for stepping up and helping us with this effort,” Helena Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said.
Flood warning: The National Weather Service has declared a flood warning in Lewis and Clark County until 11:15 p.m. Thursday evening.
Evacuation shelter opens: Montana Red Cross will reopen an evacuation shelter in Helena at 5 p.m. Tuesday in response to flooding.
Families who need services may call the Montana Red Cross at 800-272-6668. For up-to-date information and alerts about emergencies, download the Red Cross emergency app.
Incoming weather: Thunderstorms are expected to bring rainfall to the Helena area on Wednesday and Thursday.
Residents and volunteers fought to divert floodwaters in the Helena Campground and RV Park Monday amid continued flooding in the Helena Valley.
Potential hazards: Kathy Moore with Lewis and Clark Public Health cautioned about potential contamination of floodwater. Working in floodwater can be hazardous, and it can contaminate wells and saturate drain fields.
County stops providing sandbags: Lewis and Clark County stopped providing sandbags for residents on Friday because of the cost. A team of volunteers led by the Salvation Army took over as the county ceased its sandbagging operation.
Officials estimated more than 124,000 sandbags have been distributed to date at a cost of about $1 per bag.
Lending a hand: Anyone willing to donate sand or sandbags can call the Salvation Army at 442-8244.
We're not alone: Lincoln has been particularly hard-hit by the flooding, bringing all hands on deck to fill sandbags and start blocking off flooding in and around the town.
More information: Lewis and Clark County Disaster and Emergency Services has set up a public information hotline in support of the county flooding. Any resident with nonemergency questions or concerns related to the floods may call 447-1605.