HELENA – Lewis and Clark County awarded Bullock Contracting out of Boulder for a major flood mitigation project in the North Helena Valley.
Waterways in the area of North Montana and Sierra Road can experience severe flooding in the spring after the snowpack begins to melt.
The Trap Club Flood Mitigation Project aims to alleviate some of those concerns.
It would also lower and widen ditches and rework the Rossiter Elementary School parking lot and other improvements.
Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County Commissioner, told MTN, “We need to keep working forward so those floods are mitigated as far as possible, there will always be flooding; there’s been flooding since Noah. Rivers go where rivers go as do creeks and what we need to do is mitigate the effects of the flooding as best we can, and this is a very key part of that process.”
There are almost 600 families each affected each year by flooding in the Helena Valley.
The $1.4 million-dollar project would add 14 culverts to help divert water to the pit at the Helena Trap Club; the funding will come from the FEMA grant money.
FEMA grant money funded for the flood mitigation will be well over $1.5 million.