Flood emergency declared in Laurel

Posted at 1:50 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 15:50:52-04

LAUREL – The city of Laurel declared Wednesday afternoon a state of emergency for flooding.

The declaration goes into effect immediately. According to Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency, heavy rains over the last 24 hours and persistent above average snowpack upstream have produced a significant rise in the Yellowstone River.

It is predicted to continue with spring runoff. 

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for the Yellowstone River throughout the county and a Flood Warning for the Clarks Fork.

The city of Laurel is working to minimize impacts to the water plant and associated critical infrastructure near the river, the press release stated.

A temporary barrier will be constructed to diver water. Currently there are no impacts to drinking water or service in Laurel.