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Prepare Yourself for Spring Flood Season
With March upon us and spring snowmelt season quickly approaching, we at the National Weather Service wanted to take this opportunity to remind folks of things they can do to prepare themselves for spring runoff/flooding season.
Due to recent very cold temperatures, rivers and streams across the area have rapidly accumulated ice cover. The possibility for river flooding due to ice jams has increased substantially in recent weeks and will remain elevated for weeks to come.
Several area rivers have active ice jams including the Gallatin, Madison, Jefferson, and Missouri. Ice jam flooding can occur rapidly with little to no warning. Those who live or work near these and other area waterways should remain vigilant and be prepared to move equipment and or livestock to higher ground on short notice over the next few weeks as fluctuations in temperatures may lead to ice break-up and new ice formation. More information on Ice Jams can be found here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/tfx/icejam/?wfo=tfx
Ice Jam Safety Tips:
Follow the National Weather Service in Great Falls for current, up-to-date information on our website at www.weather.gov/greatfalls as well as Facebook and Twitter. If you have photos, videos or questions related to ice jams or flooding, please e-mail the Senior Service Hydrologist, Arin Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-727-7671.
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