HELENA – Residents along Tenmile Creek, northwest of Helena, have been fighting high water for several days.
Tenmile Creek, along with Lyon’s Creek in the North Valley swelled over the weekend fueled by warmer weather that accelerated snowmelt and rain. Other waterways are high and running fast, but have not necessarily caused flooding.
At a meeting on Monday Lewis and Clark Co. Commissioners determined flooding in the county did not meet emergency criteria. That means the county will not provide sandbags to residents.
Residents needing sandbags will have to purchase them locally.
Lewis and Clark County says floodwater from Tenmile Creek continues to be an issue, but has receded slightly in the over the past 24 hours.
McHugh Lane remains closed at Forestvale and Motsiff Roads; Mill Road is closed at McHugh Lane and Hedges Dr.
The waterway into the Helena Trap Club has been opened in an attempt to draw away some of the flood water.
Lewis and Clark Public Health have also warned people that waters can be hazardous. In a Facebook post health representatives say the water can contain raw sewage, animal waste, pesticides and other chemicals. They say even after the water recedes, it can be hazardous.
Some good advice about how you can protect your health during flooding.