2019 Flooding Info

March 14, 2019

RAVALLI COUNTY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS UPDATE

Emergency Services in Ravalli County are continuing the recent efforts to support flood preparedness as temperatures increase and snow and ice accumulations begin to melt.  There has been a great response and interest from our community in preparing for and mitigating potential future flooding. 

Sand and sandbags have now been distributed to the following locations and are available to Ravalli County residents:

        Darby Town Yards, 500 E Miles in Darby

        Ravalli County Fairgrounds, enter through the access road next to the County Road Shop on Fairgrounds Rd.,                                 located in the far northeast corner of the grounds

        Corvallis Fire Station #2 at mile marker 9 on Eastside Highway

        Victor Fire New Station, 2383 Meridian Rd in Victor

        Stevensville Fire Westside Station at the Stevensville Wye behind Subway

        Stevensville Etna Station, 356 Willoughby Ln

        Three Mile Fire Station #1, 1064 Three Mile Creek Road

        Florence Fire Station #2, 562 Hidden Valley Road North

Sandbags should only be placed to protect structures and must not be used to divert water onto other properties. 

Do not place sandbags, boards or other obstructions or diversions in irrigation ditches or canals.  Stay clear of these areas and do not park vehicles near the ditches or on access roads.

If you have questions regarding wells or septic tanks, you may contact the Environmental Health Department at 406-375-6565.

The Office of Emergency Management may be contacted for further information during normal business hours at 406-375-6655.

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March 7, 2019

RAVALLI COUNTY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

The recent winter storm and valley snow accumulations have resulted in the potential for flooding in areas of the Bitterroot Valley as winter gives way to spring and higher temperatures.  Current forecasts for the area indicate below normal temperatures to continue at least through the middle of March.  As the snow accumulations begin to melt, it is anticipated that minor flooding may occur at locations throughout the valley, including areas adjacent to and downstream from irrigation ditches and canals, fishing access locations, culverts, bridges, small creeks and streams, and areas in which debris and/or ice has built up.

Emergency services in Ravalli County are encouraging residents and property owners to be aware of the situation and potential for flooding in our communities.  People who have experienced flooding problems in the past should prepare now by assessing their own risks and taking appropriate actions to mitigate any effects of the high water.  Sandbags can be placed at appropriate areas around your properties or residences as a mitigation effort.

Sand and sandbags will be available to Ravalli County residents at the following locations:

        Corvallis Fire, Station #2 at mile marker 9 on Eastside Highway, southeast corner of the station building

        Three Mile Fire, Station #1, 1064 Three Mile Crk Road, northwest corner of the parking lot

        Victor Fire, new station building at 2383 Meridian Rd in Victor

        Stevensville Fire, Westside Station at the Stevensville Wye behind Subway

Sandbags should only be placed to protect structures and must not be used to divert water onto other properties.  

Do not place sandbags, boards or other obstructions or diversions in irrigation ditches or canals.  Stay clear of these areas and do not park vehicles near the ditches or on access roads.

If you have questions regarding wells or septic tanks, you may contact the Environmental Health Department at 406-375-6565.

It is very important at this time to keep the following safety messages in mind:

  • Do not approach areas of high water and flooding, including fishing accesses, area streams, ditches, and the Bitterroot River.
  • Ensure the safety of your children and animals by keeping them away from hazardous areas.
  • Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth.
  • Observe any road closures or detours- they are in place for your safety.
  • Roadway hazards or flooding may be reported to the Ravalli County Road Department at
  • 363-2733 or the Ravalli County 911 Center at 363-3033.
  • Dial 911 for life threatening emergencies.

The Ravalli County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and coordinating response efforts with the Ravalli County Road Department, local fire districts, and other local, state and federal partners.  The Office of Emergency Management may be contacted for further information during normal business hours at 406-375-6655.

If you have immediate concerns, you may contact the Office of Emergency Management at 406-375-6655.

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