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Montana Flood Information Sources

Desert Mountain Broadcasting Family of stations wants to provide you with sources to get the most current information on the various issues such as road closures, flood stages, and how to get in touch with the Red Cross.

The latest stages and forecasts for rivers and streams can be found at : https://water.weather.gov

The latest road conditions and closings are found here: https://www.511mt.net/

You can contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-272-6668

 

DURING A FLOOD

Staying safe indoors

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
    · Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
    · Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
    · Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
    · Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
    · Dispose of any food that contacts flood water.

 

 

Staying safe outdoors

  • Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
    · If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
    · Don’t walk on riverbanks.
    · Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
    · Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
    · Stay out of areas subject to flooding such as underpasses, dips, and canyons.

AFTER A FLOOD

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe.
    · If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
    · Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

Know the difference

A flood/flash flood watch means a flood or flash flood is possible. A flood/flash flood warning means flooding, or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon.