SUN RIVER – Early Wednesday morning, multiple families in this central Montana town dialed 911.
“It started coming up our street, you could literally watch it, inch by inch, just take over town,” Kerri and William Tanner recalled.
As water came gushing into their homes, they packed go-bags and grabbed their pets.
“”It’s time to get out. There’s no way we could use any of the facilities in the house. I don’t know, it started to get a little scary,” Lisa Fox said.
“We had everything pretty much ready just in case, but we were really not thinking it was going to happen,” Tanner said.
Rainfall pushed already swollen rivers in Montana to flood stage Wednesday, and state officials are predicting more to come. Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency in Cascade and Lewis and Clark counties.
In Sun River, making safety was the Tanners’ first priority.
“All that counts, we got the kids and the animals out,” Tanner said.
Residents recalled the horrific flooding in 2011 but all say this does not even compare.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen. There may have been something before us but it did flood in 2011 but it wasn’t this high,” Kent Kerchal said.
And some have come to terms with the consequences of living next to a river.
“It’s worth it to be here, it’s beautiful out here and like I said everybody helps everybody,” Fox said.