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Updated county road closures due to flooding

Posted at 7:03 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:00:24-04

UPDATE: The Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management issued an update on Helena Valley road closures. These closures are due to flooding as of Friday afternoon:

Sierra Road, Forestvale Road and Mill Road are all closed between Green Meadow Drive and Montana Avenue to everyone except people who live within the area.

Lewis and Clark Disaster and Emergency Services has opened a public hotline for residents who have questions or concerns about the flooding in the Helena Valley. The number, which is staffed by volunteers, is 406-447-1605. The hotline will be available until about 7 PM this evening and will reopen Saturday morning.

Other emergency contacts
To volunteer: Salvation Army, 406-442-8244, helena.salvationarmy.org
To get emergency shelter: Red Cross, 1-800-ARC-MONT

The Jefferson County Road Department is closing Sheep Mountain Road at Lump Gulch Road in Clancy due to a washout at the culvert. DO NOT attempt to drive around the road closed signs, as the road is very unstable. More information will be available soon.

The Helena Public School #1 Transportation posted this:

Effective this afternoon, Forestvale Rd and Mill Rd have been closed to thru traffic due to flooding. McHugh Dr has been closed to thru traffic due to flooding. For student safety, afternoon drop-offs have been temporarily changed to the following locations. Please be available for afternoon pick-ups and do not leave children unattended in areas of standing water.

With ever-changing flooding conditions, we will send updates as soon as possible.

Please contact Helena Schools Transportation at 406-324-2100 or email Transportation@helenaschools.org if you need to make arrangements for a different drop-off.

HELENA – The Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management issued an update on Helena Valley road closures. These closures are due to flooding as of Thursday afternoon:

  • McHugh Drive is closed from Motsiff Road to Rainier Road
  • McHugh Drive is closed to through traffic (non-residents) from Rainier Road to Forestvale Road
  • Forestvale Road is closed to through traffic from Kerr Drive to Carolina Drive
  • Mill Road is closed to through traffic from just west of Hedges Drive to McHugh Drive
  • Sierra Road is open to eastbound traffic only. Westbound traffic can use Center Drive and Shirley Road

Viewer Sue Resch shared this photo with us: “This is what happens when people try to drive around road closed barriers on a flooded road. On McHugh Dr between Motsiff and Mill rd. No reason for anyone to be on this stretch as the only house there is my parents. So please stay away!”

This is what happens when people try to drive around road closed barriers on a flooded road. On McHugh Dr between Motsiff and Mill rd. No reason for anyone to be on this stretch as the only house there is my parents. So please stay away!

South of Lincoln, Lincoln Volunteer Fire Rescue just posted on their Facebook page:
Stemple is shut down right now at the washout by Gehring Lumber and House Logs. They are doing some repairs and throwing in some culverts to alleviate the problem. Big thanks to the county public works for making it happen. If you need something to do for a bit, head down and fill some sandbags. We are getting quite the operation going.


In Jefferson County, the Road Department has closed Hubbard Lane between Highway 69 and the Red Bridge due to water over the roadway.

Road department officials expect that portion of the road to remain closed for at least a week. Additionally, a portion of Red Rock Road in Bernice remains closed due to water over the roadway. Please DO NOT drive around road closed signs, the life you save could be your own.