2018 Flood Emergency - Augusta, Helena

The Lewis and Clark County Commission declared a local state of emergency June 21
due to flooding in several areas of the county.

Resources Available for Flooding Impacts: A Guide from the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services


Please visit the Lewis and Clark County Emergency Facebook page for up-to-date flood information, or call Disaster and Emergency Services at 406-447-8285. After business hours, please call the DES hotline at 406-447-1605 for a recorded update.


June 2018 Flooding - Augusta

Immunizations:  Throughout July, Lewis and Clark Public Health and the BlueCross BlueShield CareVan Program are offering free tetanus shots to Augusta residents impacted by flooding. Stop by the public health office in the Youth/Senior Center at 132 Main St. Mondays or Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 5 PM or Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 406-562-3509 if you have questions. Insurance isn't required, but if you have it, please bring your insurance card.

Drinking Water:  If your well has been inundated by flood waters, or if you are concerned about the quality of your well water, Lewis and Clark Public Health strongly recommends that you do not drink it. It is likely to be contaminated. Use bottled water instead, or boil water based on instructions on this fact sheet. Here is more information about water quality and mold cleanup from the health department.

Red Cross Emergency Shelter: On standby. Call 1-800-ARC-MONT (800-272-6668) if you need shelter. Located at Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, 1000 First St. NE, Choteau. 

Donations and Volunteering: Salvation Army, 406-590-3434, helena.salvationarmy.org

Road Closures: State road closure information is available from the Montana Department of Transportation.  

July 9

  • Elk Creek Road closed above Kraus Ranch. Bridges 5, 6, and 7 not passable.
  • Highway 435 between Bean Lake on the north and missile silo to the south is closed.
  • Lincoln Gulch Road at the Glory Hole Mine is closed.

All other county roads are open at this time.


June 2018 Flooding - Helena Valley

 Sandbags: Sandbags left over from the May flooding response are available free at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds for as long as they last.

Donations and Volunteering: Salvation Army, 406-442-8244, helena.salvationarmy.org 

Road Closures: Roads have not been closed but are marked with reduced speed limits. Please observe these, for your safety and that of area residents.


General Flood Information

Health Impacts

Flood water mixes with everything it touches, including raw sewage, animal waste, pesticides, and other chemicals. You should assume that flood water is contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, and other disease-carrying germs. Even when the water subsides, clean-up can be risky.

Visit the Lewis and Clark Public Health website for information on how to handle your well, septic system, and food supply. And please discourage children from playing in flood water!

Utilities

  • Residents with concerns about electrical infrastructure should contact NorthWestern Energy's Operations Call Center, 1-888-467-2669.
  • Do not dig trenches or holes to divert water without first calling a locator service to make sure utilities will not be compromised. Locator services are available by calling 8-1-1.
  • Flooding may create electrical hazards. If you suspect damage to your electrical system (for example, if wiring has been under water, wires are visibly frayed, or you see sparks), turn off the electrical system in the building. Do not turn it back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician.

Emergency Notification Form

  • The Emergency Notification Form is required to be used by a landowner or their representative to notify the Flood Plain Administrator of projects undertaken during an emergency to safeguard life or structures.  This form shall be submitted to the Flood Plain Administrator within five (5) days of the action taken as a result of an emergency.
  • Unless otherwise specified by the Flood Plain Administrator, within 30 days of initiating the emergency action, a person who has undertaken an emergency action must submit a Flood Plain Development Permit Application that describes what action has taken place during the emergency and describe any additional work that may be required to bring the project in compliance with the Lewis and Clark County Flood Plain Ordinance. 
  • A person who has undertaken an emergency action may be required to modify or remove the project in order to meet the permit requirements.

Flood Insurance Information

Forms

The forms below may be used to keep track of costs associated with flood damage, in case the state or federal government steps in to reimburse costs to individuals and businesses.