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Flood Information and Resources

Asheley Creek in the Flathead, the real water channel is not in this picture.
Ashley Creek in the Flathead, the real water channel is not in this picture.

Updates on stream flows, weather advisories, road reports, disaster and emergency contacts; how to prepare for flooding; information and resources for flood recovery.

January 12 is Montana Ice Jam Awareness Day

Flood Updates and Emergency Contacts

Daily Situation Reports & Maps / DES

Stream Disturbance Permitting Requirements (pdf)

Flood Advisories (watch, warning, etc.) / NOAA – This Flood Outlook is intended to provide a general outlook for significant river flooding. It is not intended to depict all areas of minor flooding or small-scale events such as localized flooding and/or flash flooding. Please refer to products issued by local NWS offices for official river forecasts and warnings.

Flood Declarations Map 2011 – Declared Montana Counties for Flooding

Travel Reports / Road Conditions – From the Montana Department of Transporation

If you have questions: DES phone # - (406) 324‐4777

Stream Flows & State Water Reservoir Updates

USGS Real-Time Data for Montana: Streamflow – Stations for Montana stream gages organized by major river basin

Dam Information

Montana DNRC State Water Projects – Montana DNRC reservoir elevation for East Fork Rock Creek Reservoir, Tongue River Reservoir, and Middle Creek (Hyalite) Reservoir. Links to fact sheets on Montana DNRC State-Owned Water Projects

Montana DNRC Reservoir Storage Contents – State reservoir content reports updated monthly

Flood Preparation

FEMA Flood Insurance – Information for Homeowners and Renters

FEMA Guide to Reducing Flood Damage – Information for officials in counties, cities and towns on reducing the damage and disruption of localized flooding.

Preparing for Disaster

Flood Preparation & Safety

Flood Recovery

Assistance

If Your Property is Flooded

General Tips

  • Don't return to your flood-damaged home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. Above all, use caution.
  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury. If you must move an unconscious person, first stabilize the neck and back, then call for help immediately.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with you so you can listen for emergency updates and news reports.
  • Use a battery-powered flash light to inspect a damaged home.
    Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering - the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.
  • Be wary of wildlife and other animals
  • Use the phone only to report life-threatening emergencies.
  • Stay off the streets. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.

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Contact

Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684