Yellowstone County declares flooding emergency for weekend

Posted at 4:51 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 18:51:03-04

BILLINGS – Yellowstone County officials declared a flooding emergency following significant rain Sunday.

The main Yellowstone River and the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone are forecasted to rise above their record 1997 levels by mid next week. 

Brad Shoemaker, the county’s emergency services director, added that residents should expects flooding in smaller tributaries including Canyon, Blue, Alkali and Pryor creeks. 

He also warned of potential breaches and failures of irrigation ditches and water systems.

The Yellowstone is expected to rise another 4 feet from its current level to 16.4 feet. The Clarks Fork should rise about 2.3 feet from its current level to 10.8 feet.

Sandbags and Sand will be available near the end of the week at the following locations:

  • Huntley Fire Station
  • Worden Fire Station
  • Blue Creek Fire Station
  • Laurel Soccer Field at Fir and East Maryland Road.