Water from Bozeman firefight doesn’t pose safety hazard, officials say

Posted at 2:47 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 18:13:05-05

BOZEMAN – Around 1.5 million gallons of water were used to put out a fire Thursday morning at the under-construction SoBo Lofts at Babcock and 7th Avenue.

Bozeman’s Streets and Stormwater Division has been working on clearing the water that made its way through the streets, into the drains, and then into Mandeville Creek.

Stormwater Program Coordinator Kyle Mehrens said even though there was a lot of water used on the flames, most of it evaporates due to the heat.

The remaining water is evaluated by the city and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to make sure it is safe.

“This situation, it was not deemed a high priority,” Mehrens said. So what we have been doing is just visually assessing the downstream water and making sure there hasn’t been an impact. We have not seen anything. Everything looks very normal.”

The streets that had been closed around the SoBo Lofts fire reopened at 5 p.m. Friday.

Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News

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