Louis Bishop does a perfect stern squirt at House Rock on May 15 at 2,800 cfs. By May 23, the Gallatin River’s flow in the canyon increased to 4,890 cfs.

Gallatin continues to rise

But flood threat not as severe as in other parts of Montana

The Clark Fork has flooded out more than 60 residents of Missoula’s low-lying Orchard Homes neighborhood and the Big Hole River is expected to greet Memorial Day campers with dangerous flood waters. 

     In Gallatin County, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Jefferson River from Cardwell to Three Forks until further notice.

     “Water level rises on the Jefferson River will likely accelerate throughout this week, as warm temperatures help increase snowmelt out of the mountains,” reports the NWS. “Also, runoff from thunderstorms each day this week will likely keep other rivers and creeks running high 

and fast.” 

      Over Memorial Day, campers and hikers at Missouri Headwaters State Park should be aware of rising waters. 

     And while the Gallatin River in Gallatin Canyon is expected to swell over the holiday weekend, no flooding is predicted for Big Sky.      

      Downstream in Logan, however, the river is forecast to reach minor flood stage in the coming days. 

                                           —NWS

 

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