Carbon County Public Works, Montana Dept. of Transportation assesses flood damage | New

Here is a press release from Carbon County:

The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River near Fromberg and Edgar is experiencing major flood impacts as well as Rock Creek at Red Lodge. The water is expected to continue to recede today. A significant warming trend is expected this Friday/Saturday and the public is urged to stay alert for changing water conditions. Public Works staff and the Montana Department of Transportation are assessing flood damage. The public is asked to stay away from flooded and closed areas for their own safety. A boil order is still in effect for Red Lodge, Fromberg and Edgar.

Road updates:

For updated road conditions, check the MT DOT website: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/alerts.aspx and the MDT 511 app. Crews continue to clean up affected roads and bridges. The Highway 308 bridge at Red Lodge remains closed. Highway 212 south of Red Lodge remains closed for the foreseeable future.

Evacuation orders in effect:

Red Lodge: Evacuation orders at Red Lodge have been lifted.

Belfry: Lover’s Lane. Fromberg: All areas east of Highway 310, south of East River Road west of the river.

Joliet: No evacuation order is in effect at this time.

Bridger: No evacuation orders in effect at this time.

All potable tap water must be boiled before use at Red Lodge, Fromberg and Edgar. Public Works has restored water service to parts of Red Lodge, but significant infrastructure damage has occurred and parts of Red Lodge remain without water. There is no more water in Fromberg because the water pumps supplying the city were under water.

Forest Service Closures:

An area closure is in effect for all National Forest System lands in the Yellowstone, Gardiner and Beartooth Ranger districts. This applies to all National Forest System lands in Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Gallatin counties within the boundaries of the National Forest.

Planned actions:

As the water recedes, ongoing assessments of roads and bridges in the area will continue today. Crews work to restore the 19th Street Bridge at Red Lodge; however, this road remains closed to the public. The Highway 308 Bridge is included, remains closed to the public, and crews are working to restore the Highway 308 Bridge. Crews will also work on the Meteetsee Bridge; however, this road remains closed to the public. Crews are working to restore access to the water plant today and clear debris from the roadway at Red Lodge. Crews will be in Fromberg and Belfry today to work on road access. Lover’s Lane in Belfry remains closed. Northwestern Energy will work in the area to repair gas lines and restore utility poles. Bridge engineers arrived today and will work with County Highway Services to assess the damage.

Evacuation shelters:

The American Red Cross has set up evacuation shelters located at the following locations:

• Fromberg School

• Red Lodge Exhibition Center

Public meeting:

A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16 at Fromberg School at 6:00 p.m. at 319 School St, Fromberg, MT 59029. The meeting will also be live streamed on Facebook Live on the Facebook Carbon Alerts page.

Sandbags:

The public can get sandbags at the following locations, volunteers helped fill the bags:

• Fromberg School

• Boutique Joliet Road, 202 State Street

• Workshop Bridger Road, 22 old mine

Time: Cooler seasonal weather remains today with temperatures in the 60s at lower elevations with upper elevations in the 40s to 50s. No significant rain is expected over the next 24 to 48 hours. Warmer weather is expected tomorrow and Friday and Saturday. Water levels will potentially rise as warmer weather moves into the region later in the week. The public is urged to exercise caution, to remain alert to changing water conditions and to stay away from flooded areas.

Resources allocated:

The Western Montana Type III Incident Management Team continues to assist local flood relief efforts. Many agencies are on site including: Carbon County DES, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Red Lodge Police Department, Red Lodge Fire & Rescue, Montana Highway Patrol, Fromberg Volunteer Fire Department, Bridger EMS, Bridger Volunteer Fire, American Red Cross, City of Red Lodge, Public Works, Forest Service, Beartooth Billings Clinic, Carbon County Department of Public Health, Montana Department of Transportation, Montana FWP Game Wardens, Two Bear Air, and Montana National Guard.

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