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Montana officials suggest preparing for flood season now

Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 17:27:11-04

GREAT FALLS – Although flooding is not an immediate threat right now, Cascade County Acting Director of Emergency Services Scott Van Dyken assured MTN that it is always best to be prepared.

He suggested making sure your sump pump is operational for the potential of basement flooding.

He also said to clean out gutters and culverts in your yard.

Van Dyken added that, if spring flooding does arise, Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) will hold community meetings similar to last year’s.

“Don’t take chances, because when you take chances, your place, your personal [belongings] and your family [are] at risk,” Van Dyken told MTN. “And then we’re going to have to send people in and put other people, people who have to help you, at risk. So if you see water rising, don’t take chances. I mean, worldly possessions can be replaced.”

He added that DES will continue to keep in contact with local partners about flooding potential to keep the public informed.

If you have any flooding, report it to DES at (406) 454-6900.

-Reported by Kasey Herman/MTN News