Flood Watch along portions of the Sun River

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:01:48-04

GREAT FALLS – The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of the Sun River near Simms and Vaughn.

The Sun River in these areas is expected to crest its banks over the next few days.

If you live along the Sun River, plan for minor flooding and water over some roads.

The National Weather Service posted the following information on its website:

The Sun River below Gibson Dam is expected to begin to rise steadily over the weekend. Persons with farm equipment, cattle, feed, etc. near the river should move these things to higher ground if possible. If you have property near or close to the river, now is the time to take protective actions before the river rises.

Rain showers are expected to continue through Friday, finally tapering off on Saturday.

Details from the NWS about the Flood Watch for the Sun River:

The Flood Watch will be in effect from Friday evening through Monday afternoon.

At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the water level was at 4.7 feet; flood stage is 7.5 feet.

Forecast…Minor Flooding above 7.5 feet and below 7.9 feet may be reached at Friday evening and continue into Monday.

Impacts: At 7.5 feet, river out of banks and across highway at Sun River (town). Water over Fairfield Road. River within banks at Simms and Fort Shaw. About two dozen homes in Sun River (town) become isolated.

At 8.0 feet, water starting to cover Hwy 200 between 1st St and 2nd ST. River well out of banks W, N and E of town and filling old oxbows near town and Hwy 200.