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Mar 29, 2014 8:29 PM by David Jay - Q2 News

Musselshell County residents begin recovery from floods

ROUNDUP - Nearly three weeks after the Musselshell River flooded land and homes, Roundup residents had their best chance for cleaning up Saturday.

About 50 volunteers from the Mormon Church helped with cleanup and the first part of the recovery.

"We're very fortunate to have some help," said Jon Eiselein of Roundup.

Jon and Bev Eiselein's home also flooded in 2011.

"This was at least two, probably two-and-a-half feet lower than the last flood," Jon Eiselein said.

With this flood, there's a little less to cleanup, but the Eiseleins still needed help from their son, grandson, and the volunteers.

"We're not youngsters anymore," Bev Eiselein said. "Any help we get is very beneficial, very appreciative that they're able to come by, finish those last little things that we couldn't get done."

People in Roundup have had to deal with flooding and fire before, and that's helped them cleanup and recover from this flood.

"2011 flood, 2012 had fire," said Jeff Gates, Musselshell County DES Director. "2013 had flooding, 2014 we're flooding again. We're a lot more organized. It's not easier but we're more organized. We kind of have a better idea what the roles and you find out what volunteers and staff is available to help you."

The DES command center coordinates where they're needed.

"When we identify specific needs, people step up to assist," said Roy Gordy, volunteer coordinator for the county. "We need to know what to do to help our community. We match up people with the needs."

"It's amazing how they were able to come together, and how they're able to get the people and send them in the right direction," Bev Eiselein said. "It must be small town, everyone feels their pain and they just step in and away everybody goes."

But they're not putting away the sandbags.

"We're going to leave them up until June at least," Jon Eiselein said.

"We're going to decorate them," Bev Eiselein laughed. "We're going to paint them, make them look like flowers."

Gates and many others in Roundup said they're concerned the possibility of more flooding with spring run-off.

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