HELENA – Lewis and Clark Co. Disaster and Emergency Services moved up sandbag and sand distribution to Friday at noon.
According to a news release, the decision was made after examining the Tenmile Creek. The creek topped its banks last weekend and sent water into Helena Valley homes and forced road closures.
The sandbag distribution station is at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds.
County leaders had originally planned to begin sandbag distribution on Saturday.
On Thursday, County Commissioners declared a flood emergency.
County officials say sandbags will only be available to county residents. Volunteers have been asked to help fill sandbags, but people should expect to fill their bags.
The county will keep a record of the number of bags distributed. Residents who already have bags but need sand will be limited to filling 50 bags.
Law enforcement officers will be on scene to ensure proper protocols are followed.
Local fire chiefs in Lincoln and Augusta are determining how to distribute sandbags in those locations.
County DES officials hope to keep the sandbag filling area open until 10:00 p.m. Friday evening.
Martin said the county hopes to continue distributing sandbags through the weekend and into next week. If you would like to help with the distribution, you can contact DES at (406) 447-8285.