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Flooding reported, roads closed in Augusta area

Posted at 7:30 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 21:30:47-04

(HELENA) Lewis and Clark County leaders are reporting flooding in the Augusta area after a storm on Sunday.

Photos and video from Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerome Steiner showed water running through some streets and the Legion Park area in town. Some homes and businesses have already placed sandbags.

U.S. Highway 287 was closed Sunday afternoon from Bowman’s Corner north to Augusta.

Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management reported on Facebook Sunday evening that Flat Creek Road, south of Augusta, has been closed between mile markers 1 and 6 because of flooding. The agency also said Forest Service campgrounds in the Sun Canyon Road and Sun Haven areas are being evacuated.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton reminded the public never to drive into floodwaters, because you cannot tell how deep they may be. He also said the water is likely to be contaminated, particularly because the recent calving period means ranchers have more cattle in areas that might be flooding.

This flooding comes almost a year after Augusta dealt with severe flooding in June 2018.

-Reported by Jonathon Ambarian/MTN News