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Flooding worsens in southwest Montana due to ice jams

Posted at 10:59 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 12:59:34-05

A flood warning for the Ennis area is still in place by the National Weather Service as an ice jam on the Madison River causes minor property damage.

Water continues to flow over U.S. Highway 287 south of Ennis. The roadway is wet, icy and snow covered and drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling in the region.

The National Weather Service also issued a flood advisory for the Gallatin River at Logan.

An ice jam is beginning to back water up along the Gallatin River and the river level gauge is holding near minor flood stage of 9′.

The public is asked to avoid the area. Those recreating near the Missouri Headwaters State Park are asked to stay out of the river channel as the ice jam could break open and send a tremendous amount of water and debris downstream at any time.

River levels along the Clark Fork River near Deer Lodge are holding near “action stage,” which is just below minor flood stage.

A possible ice jam could be the reason for the higher river levels. Please stay away from the Clark Fork River channel until further notice.

-Meteorologist Mike Heard/MTN News