The gorgeous stretch of the Bitterroot River, south of Missoula, is experiencing minor flooding now and is under a Flood Advisory until Tuesday evening.

The area of largest concern is located just south of Missoula and is from Stevensville, heading south to Bell Crossing, Victor, Tucker and Hamilton. (See alert map below.)

According to the National Weather Service:

  • WHAT...Flooding caused by rain and snowmelt continues.
  • WHERE...Ravalli County along the Bitterroot River, especially near Bell Crossing and Victor.
  • WHEN...Until 600 PM Tuesday.
  • IMPACTS...Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 1044 AM on Sunday June 5th, minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area.
  • PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.
  • Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
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Want to learn more about flooding basics? Severe weather facts from NOAA can be found HERE.

You can check current conditions for Montana rivers and streams anytime via the USGS. The information is divided up into the 5 major river basins in the state with dozens of check points.

River and stream levels can change drastically in a short amount of time when heavy rain is in the forecast as we've see the last several days across the state. The information is easy to read with height, flow, discharge, and temperature.

ALWAYS use caution when near flooding creeks, streams or rivers. Even minor flooding across roads can strand a vehicle, especially if the flow has collected debris along the way.

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