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Yellowstone County flooding outlook downgraded

Posted at 3:39 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:39:42-04

BILLINGS – There continues to be a flood warning for the Clarks Fork and Yellowstone River after heavy rain on Monday afternoon.

According to Brad Shoemaker, the Director of Yellowstone County Emergency Services, the Yellowstone River is expected to hit a minor flood stage on Tuesday.  The river is currently sitting at a 13.2′, they expect it could reach between 13.6′ and 14′ overnight.

Keith Meier, the meteorologist in charge for the Billings National Weather Service said the rain they thought could hit the Billings area and cause historic flooding, fell in other places.  

Meier said that while the major flooding they were forecasting for did not happen, the river is still high, and they expect it to continue to be that way for the next few weeks.  Because of this, any major rain event could cause similar issues and concerns.

Officials are encouraging people to stay away from the rivers if at all possible, the high and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous.

On Sunday, the Red Cross opened a shelter in the Billings’ Heights and in Laurel, those shelters will be placed on standby at 8 pm on Monday. Residents in need of shelter after that time can call the Red Cross at 1-800-272-6668.