The winter of 2010-2011 brought with it record snow levels across much of the state. Due to Montana’s unusually cool spring, much of the snow at higher elevations has only just begun to melt. Melting mountain snow coupled with copious amounts of rain has resulted in over-saturated ground water levels and higher than average river and streamflows.
Certain rivers and streams have flooded and may continue to do so as the summer progresses. While the detrimental effects of flooding in some Montana communities cannot be dismissed, it is safe to visit Montana during this time. We ask visitors to pay attention to some common flood safety practices:
- Do not walk through flooded areas.
- Do not attempt to drive through water across a road way or bridge.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires in flooded areas.
- Check for road closures and alerts and follow all detour information.
2011 Montana Flood updates:
For the latest information on the weather forecast and current flood advisories, watches and warnings, visit the National Weather Service.
You can monitor the statewide flood situation at InciWeb – Montana Flood Incident Information System.
For statewide information on flood declarations in Montana counties, visit the Montana Disaster & Emergency Services website.
View the latest flood/detour information from the Montana Department of Transportation
Montana Office of Tourism Flood Update (updated 7/8/2011)