County, Partners to Offer Free Flood Preparedness Workshops


 January 17, 2019

County, Partners to Offer Free Flood Preparedness Workshops

Lewis and Clark County, along with the Helena Valley Flood Committee and Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), will sponsor a free, three-part series of community workshops to help residents prepare for potential flooding in the Helena Valley this spring.

Each workshop will have a unique focus:

Part 1: Flooding in the Helena Valley, Jan. 24

The science behind why and how flooding occurs intermittently in the Helena Valley. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Our Redeemer’s Church, 3580 N. Benton Ave.

Part 2: Planning and Preparing for Floods, Feb. 28

How to best prepare for floods as an individual and as a neighborhood, including updates from the county on projects aimed at controlling and mitigating floodwaters. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Our Redeemer’s Church, 3580 N. Benton Ave.

Part 3: Hands-On Preparedness Fair, March 2

A family-friendly event with informational booths and activities, including sandbagging practice and tutorials. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., location to be announced. The fair will provide resources related to wildfire and other hazards, as well as flooding.

Those who live within the floodplains of Tenmile and Silver Creeks are especially encouraged to attend the workshops, along with anyone who has been impacted by flooding in the past.

“Homeowners and their level of preparedness are the greatest tools when facing a flooding situation,” said County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen. “Local government will protect public infrastructure, but it’s ultimately the homeowners who are responsible for their property. If you and your property are prepared for flooding, you’ll have the best chance of protecting life, property, and assets.” 

Experts from the county Water Quality Protection District, along with staff from the Public Works, Public Health, and Disaster and Emergency Preparedness departments, will be on hand to present information and answer questions. A representative of the National Weather Service has also been invited to provide up-to-date forecasts on the potential for flooding this year.

For more information, contact Jennifer McBroom, supervisor of the Water Quality Protection District, at 406-457-8584 or jmcbroom(at) 


Contact: Jennifer McBroom, Water Quality Protection District Supervisor, 457-8584

               Gayle Shirley, Public Health Communications Manager, 457-8908