Missoula flooding continues; Clark Fork expected to hit 13.5 feet

Posted at 4:04 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:01:31-04

MISSOULA – There’s still no relief from the flooding that’s hitting Missoula.

Water levels at the Clark Fork River gauge above Missoula are currently expected to crest Thursday evening through Friday afternoon at 13.5 feet which is considered major flooding. The water is expected to remain at those levels through the weekend.

River levels around Missoula have not been this high since the mid-1970s.

Residents of approximately 60 homes in the Orchard Homes area have been told by the Sheriff’s Office to evacuate and roadblocks remain in the Orchard Homes area. Residents who are under an evacuation order are not being allowed back in past the roadblocks.

Residents around the evacuation area are strongly advised to make emergency preparations to evacuate, as flood waters are expected to continue to rise.

Reporting by Mark Thorsell for MTN News

An evacuation order remains in effect for the following areas:

  • Tower Street, north of 3rd Street
  • Kehrwald Drive
  • Channel Drive
  • Nancy Lou Drive
  • Keck Street and Stone Street – north of Flamingo Drive
  • Schmidt Road
  • Off Mullan Road

Due to danger from flooding conditions, residents are being ordered to evacuate immediately. Residents affected by the order are asked to check in at the information trailer set up in the Wheat Montana parking lot on the corner of 3rd and Reserve streets.

Shelter Information:

  • Christ the King Church, located at 1400 Gerald Ave. in Missoula is on standby.
  • Seeley Lake: Mission Bible Fellowship at 3158 Highway 83 in Seeley Lake is on standby.
  • Residents seeking shelter should call 1-800-272-6668.

Road Closures:

  • Tower Street will be closed to all traffic
  • Nancy Lou Drive will be closed to all traffic
  • Stone Street north of Flamingo Drive will be closed to all traffic
  • Schmidt Road will be closed to all traffic

A flood information line, 258-INFO, has been established and is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Callers will hear an updated recording after hours. A public information trailer is set up at the Wheat Montana parking lot at 2520 S 3rd St W. and is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information is posted after hours.