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Floodwaters inundate the Helena Campground and RV Park Friday.

Floodwaters inundate the Helena Campground and RV Park Friday.

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.

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.

Photos of high water: Flooding is hitting hard across Montana this spring. Here are images from some of the flooding so far. Here is an aerial video and photos of the flooding in the Helena Valley. 

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.

Missoula is also experiencing flooding from the Clark Fork River. Last weekend, the floodwaters topped the 13.75-foot mark, making this the second highest flood level in the past century.

The Clark Fork River is closed to the public west of Missoula due to dangers posed by downed power lines across the river and high water full of hazardous debris.

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.


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